Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

3 Minute Scares

3 Minute Scares is back for its third terrifying year!

Can you tell a scary story in just 3 minutes? Want to win a fantastic prize from Breakout, Manchester’s real-life escape room game? This Halloween, I’m once again looking for the spookiest flash fiction in Greater Manchester for a competition on Hannah’s Bookshelf (my weekly radio show on North Manchester FM).

The best 5 entries will be played on this year’s Halloween episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf (on Saturday 27th October), with the winner receiving a fantastic prize from Breakout Manchester and the title of Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith.

3 Minute Scares will be judged by the Halloween-tastic Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlaínn and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes of MMU’s Centre for Gothic Studies.

To enter the competition, all you need is a microphone and a story. Once you’re ready to go, just hit the ‘Start Recording’ button below to begin recording your story. When you’re happy with it, submit your entry, but you can re-record it before you submit. If you have any problems, questions or additional access requirements, please get in touch via the contact form.

This competition has now closed. The winner of the 2018 3 Minute Scares Competition will be announced on the Hannah’s Bookshelf Halloween Special on Saturday 27th October. To find out more about future competitions, follow me on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

3 Minute Scares Winners 2018:
3rd Place: Benjamin Cassidy
2nd Place: Rachel Halsall
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Keri Moriarty

3 Minute Scares Winners 2017:
3rd Place: Benjamin Cassidy
2nd Place: Ian Peek
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Fiona Cullen

3 Minute Scares Winners 2016:
3rd Place: Fiona Cullen
2nd Place: Bridie Breen
1st Place – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith: Ian Peek