Scary Story Flash-Fiction Contest

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It’s October, which means Halloween is just around the corner, which means this is the perfect time of year to enjoy a really scary story. We have our favorites, including Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Break My Heart 1,000 Times — but this year, we want to read your scary stories.


In 100 words or fewer, write a scary story. Tag your story FigmentBoo. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 16 to enter your story.


Figment editors will be reading all the entries. Five winners will be chosen to be featured on the Figment homepage.

How to enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or less.
4. Tag your writing FigmentBoo on the Details tab.
5. Enter your response by the deadline listed in the prompt.
6. Press “Publish Now.”
7. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.


Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues. For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

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40 thoughts on “Scary Story Flash-Fiction Contest

  1. Interestigly, “write a scary story” has always been a difficult prompt for me to respond to. Most of my fears are either something many people don’t mind or aren’t really scared of (ex: needles, spiders), fears I have because of stuff that’s happened to me (ex: razors, alcohol even in small amounts like at a fancy dinner), or deep, primal and psychological fears that aren’t necessarily uncommon but are wry difficult to write about, especially in 100 words (loss of individuality and/or free thought or being forced to conform, loss of emotion/becoming numb, dying a failure, ceasing to exist/oblivion). On the other hand, a lot of things people generally find scary, such as the dark or sharks or being alone, or all the traditional things people tell scary stories about (is anyone really scared by those? Most of the enjoyment from them comes from suspense and the feeling f telling a story everyone loves.) don’t scare me at all. That’s not to say that a scary story has to be about one of its writer’s fears, but it’s a lot easier to make something scary when it’s about something that scares you.

    …this doesn’t have too much to do with the contest, aside from the topic of scary stories. Oh well.

  2. Hi. I just have a few questions on submitting an entry for this contest. I wrote a new story specifically for this contest and tagged it FigmentBoo. Then I published it. The problem is that I didn’t receive a confirmation pop-up or see my work appear in the other submissions. This is the first Figment contest I’ve entered, so I’m not sure if I did anything right. Can someone help me? Thank you.

  3. Is the story judged on how many ‘likes’ and views it gets or is every story judged independently and on the story itself??

  4. He turned around, panicking. He was being chased, o the fear, he couldn’t breathe, all he could see was darkness. Then, the pain. He looked down, and saw a serrated spike of steel work its way through his chest. He screamed and fell too the ground on his back. He looked up and saw him, red eyes and a mouth that split his face in half. It brought its body towards him and ripped his soul from his body. The agony was more than anyone could bear in. The shadow had struck again.

  5. “7. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.”

    i didn’t receive a pop-up confirmation 🙁 what do I do?

  6. I’m pretty sure I submitted my entry, but I’m not 100% sure because I can’t find it and I didn’t receive a pop-up conformation.

  7. Hello Lindsey.
    Do I have to title my story?
    Is the title included in the word count? What if my story without title is exactly 100 words?
    Thank you very much.

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