Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

3 Minute Scares


3 Minute Scares is back for its second 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 28th October), with the winner receiving a fantastic prize from Breakout and the title of Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith. There will also be an opportunity for the top 5 writers to read their stories as part of the Halloween lantern parade at Boggart Hole Clough on 28th October.

3 Minute Scares will be judged by the wonderful Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlaínn of MMU’s Centre for Gothic Studies and outstanding horror author Simon Bestwick.

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 or additional access requirements, please get in touch via the contact form.

This is a creative writing competition, so we’re looking for style, originality and – above all – spookiness. Don’t be tempted to jump scare us – entries that consist of bangs, weird noises and mutterings aren’t likely to make it to the shortlist! A well-crafted piece of flash fiction is what’s needed to win the grand prize.



Sorry – the competition has now closed. For updates on future competitions, please follow my Twitter or Facebook pages.

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