Seymour Library is sponsoring a Teen Thriller short story contest! Finish a story about three teens locked in the library on a dark and stormy night, enter by Oct. 12, and you could win a $25 Amazon gift card! Here are the rules:
The story must be your own work.
You must be in grades 9-12.
Please use appropriate language and vocabulary.
Entries may be handed in at the library, downstairs in the Children’s Room/Teen Area, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Short Story Contest”.
Entries must be received by the library by 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 to be eligible.
With your entry, please include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, age, grade, and school.
Entries will be judged by a committee on creativity, readability, grammar, and spelling.
One winner will be picked from all the entries and receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
Entries will not be returned. Entries will be put on display throughout the library during Teen Read Week, October 13th-19th.
Finish the story below:
The three students stood in the quiet room at Seymour Library and stared up. Ornate columns reached from the floor almost to the ceiling, and through the glass roof they could see the sky was pitch black - or it was until a bolt of lightning flashed.
“Are you guys ready? We’d better hurry up,” one of them said.
“I’m just going to grab one more book. The history books are up here,” said another, dashing toward the stairs.
“You don’t have time,” said the third. “The library is going to close soon.” They listened as their friend ran up the metal stairs. They decided to follow, hoping it wouldn’t take too long to find just one book.
They had no more than reached the top of the stairs when the building went black. Had the storm caused a power outage? But almost as soon as they heard another sound - the click of a bolt - they realized the reason for the darkness. The lights had been turned out, and they were locked in the library for the night.
They froze in their steps and their eyes widened with fear at the next sound they heard …