The Apparitionist-National Ghost Story CompetitionTo embrace and honor the heritage of storytelling in Western North Carolina, Tryon Arts & Crafts School (TACS) is initiating this exciting National Ghost Story Competition. Winning stories will be read to an audience on Halloween evening, October 31st, 2017, 7 PM, at TACS, 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC.
Back in July I saw this announcement in a newsletter for writers and realized that a story I had written several years ago to read to my fellow campers at Wildacres Writing Workshop might be just the thing.
The guidelines said that the story should include a ghost, spirit, paranormal activity, mysterious circumstance, or a folklore tale that could be perceived as a ghost story. It also said that the winning stories would be selected by Jack Sholder, director of Nightmare on Elm Street II (and many other horror films) who should know from scary.
Done. I had just the thing. I spent some time polishing it then sent it in.
Lo and behold, on Tuesday I got a call saying that my story had won first place! So I'll be heading to Tryon on Halloween to read "The Bargain" to an audience.
As a matter of fact, on this blog post HERE, you can see when I first began the story, some seven years ago.
I believe that the story in its entirety will eventually be posted on the Tryon Arts and Crafts School site -- probably after Halloween. I'll let you know when that happens.
So glad I finally finished it!.