Break My Heart 1,000 Times: Short-Story Contest

Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters is set in a world where ghosts are commonplace. In fact, Veronica sees one in her bathroom every morning as she gets ready for school. Ever since the Event, everyone is haunted.

When Veronica and her friend Kirk begin to videotape the ghosts for a school assignment, they come to view these apparitions as more than just everyday occurences. But their investigation also leads them to uncover a mystery more terrifying than anything they imagined. It involves their creepy English teacher, August Bittner, who believes his dead daughter will come back to life—if she has the right body to inhabit. August has been murdering girls for years in hopes of finding a live host for his daughter. And he’s convinced that Veronica is the perfect match.

Inspired by Break My Heart 1,000 Times, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you! Your challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about someone who is haunted.

One grand-prize winner will receive a Daniel Waters Halloween Prize Pack, which includes a copy of Break My Heart 1,000 Timesall three books in Daniel’s Generation Dead series (Generation Dead, Kiss of Life, Passing Strange), and a Zombie Juice Water Bottle!

Two runners-up will each receive copies of Break My Heart 1,000 Times.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with HauntingContest on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

You have until Tuesday, October 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Daniel for judging!


Contest Entries

  • The seeing ring
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    The Seeing Ring

    *Cover credit goes to Lily Rayne! Thanks!* For the Haunting Contest! Remember, 1,200 word limit! Nikita moves into a new house and fin…

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  • Burn me1
    • 77
    • 22

    Burn Me

    Grand Prize winner in the Break my Heart 1000 Times Short Story Contest! Thanks to anyone and everyone who helped me by voting/comment…

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  • Haunted1
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    • 6


    *Complete* Nightmares of my own personal demons cloud my vision; self-hatred haunts my wake. I have to hurry to find someplace safe. B…

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  • Foggy-forest
    • 0
    • 0

    An Unexpected Occurrence

    A horror short story written by Nick Fioretti. An Unexpected Occurrence is about a teenage boy who is haunted by a race of monsters.

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  • Cover7
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    • 0

    The Haunting

    The horrifying and twisted story of Jamie's visit to the cemetery.

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  • Tumblr_ly4fiygcsm1r0qrjjo1_400_thumb
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    • 1


    You still have all of me... Inspired by Evanescence's My Immortal For Haunted contest. I simply write from the heart. Enjoy.

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  • Bloody hands figment
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    • 0

    Paper Towel

    Okay, I'm really not a creepy scary person. So don't this I'm scary.

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  • Heraldry
    • 2
    • 0

    The Fox

    A young man recounts an incident that occurred when he came face to face with the Fox.

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  • Cover-normal
    • 0
    • 0

    The Haunted Rock

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  • Byfarbdiaufliauhefdiauh
    • 26
    • 4

    Lost Souls

    This is for the "Break My Heart 1,000 Times Contest", we really appreciate and need any hearts/criticism. Sophia is a vampire and an a…

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  • Images. tfe
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    • 4

    Truth For Eric

    (My story for the HauntingContest) Nightmares take their toll, a faceless shadow brings upon a memory I had always wished to be for…

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  • Red_abstract
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    • 0

    Final Words

    Emotions ran high after Katherine Wisdom's husband returns home drunk yet again. Words and china fly, but some things can never be tak…

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18 thoughts on “Break My Heart 1,000 Times: Short-Story Contest

  1. Not sure if you guys would know this, but does it have to literally be haunted by a ghost? Or can it be haunted by a memory?

    • Hey Shanea-

      As long as your entry is:
      -Tagged correctly
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re all set!

  2. Mine still hasn’t popped up onto the entries list, and when I published it, it didn’t have like a conformation about me entering….

  3. Haunted by a split personality which is growing worse and the character is starting to fade away while his two minds separate. His girlfriend, what’s left of him, and his two other minds are powerless to stop it!

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