Ghost Story Contest

Since 1989, the Helen Creighton Folklore Society co-sponsors an annual ghost-story writing contest with Halifax Public Libraries (the Alderney Gate Branch hosts an awards ceremony online). In 2022, Nimbus Publishing became a co-sponsor offering book prizes.

Contestants from age 7 to 15 are invited to submit either an original ghost story or a retelling of a story in their own words that they have heard. The contest runs from June to August 31st of every year. Check with Halifax Public Libraries for more information.

Helen Creighton’s book, Bluenose Ghosts, has some excellent stories to inspire a retelling.

2023 winners:

Ages 7-9

  • Enid Stewart – The Haunting of the Summer Friends 
  • Anuja – The Ghost in the Forest 
  • Vada Horne – The Day the Boats Sank 

Ages 10-12

  • Emily McKay – The Ghost of the Little Boy 
  • Marley McPhee – Untitled 
  • Helen Trott – The Ballerina 

Ages 13-15

  •  Luisa Ensslin – Julie, in the River 
  • Eris Davis – Crimson Eyes 
  • Charlotte Osmond – Mirrors 

2022 winners:

Ages 7-9

  • Evelyn Harding – The Lady with the Red Eye
  • Vada Horne – The Jumping Jelly Bean 
  • Violet DeSouza – What Happened 

Ages 10-12

  • Kierra D’Penha – The Ghost Writer 
  • Charlotte Hall – The Man on the Stairs 
  • Savini Bamunsingha – Friend From the Past 

Ages 13-15

  • Manuela Roemer – Painted Rocks 
  • Chyanne Hinks – Strike 
  • Kaelin Caporicci – Welcome to the Salty Manor 

2021 winners:

Ages 7-9

  • Declan Tom – The Spirit of George’s Island
  • Amelia Mooy – Ghostmaids of Lake George
  • Alison MacSween – Not at Night

Ages 10-12

  • Kayleigh Monette – Break a Mirror
  • Penelope Lawy – The Journal of Mark Hughes
  • Kierra D’Penha – Bella the Abandoned Doll

Ages 13-15

  • Catherine Khaperska – The Light Goes on at Night
  • Salini Nguyen Bamunusingha – The Purple Dress
  • Ricky yang – Lost Boy

2020 winners:

Ages 7-9

  • Aubree Carter, Bethany the Ghost
  • Holly Elizabeth Dyer,The Seventh

Ages 10-12

  • Iris McCallum,The Cursed House
  • Waverleigh Roberts, A Father’s Goodbye

Ages 10-12

  • Geneviève French,We Meet Again in the Tiny Kitchen
  • Tasnima Fabiha, The Box
  • Zoe Leck, The Picture

2019 winners:

Ages 7-9

  • Kieran Naugle, The Game
  • Ummamah (no last name given),Knock Knock, WHO’S THERE?

Ages 10-12

  • Nethra Sivakumar, Ghost Bro
  • Cormac Franz, Death Reflection
  • Penelope Lawy, Shade: a record 

Ages 13-15

  • Yvan Lee Guy, Doubts in the Dark
  • Zoe Leck, Shadows
  • Tasnima Fabiha, Reverse

2018 winners:

Ages 7-9

  • Channel Hinks, Cursed Campfire
  • Adèle Lacroix, The Murder at Midnight

Ages 10-12

  • Catherine Khaperska, In The Woods
  • Saba Khan, My Imaginary Friend
  • Tasnima Fabiha, The Nupur

Ages 13-1

  • Zoe Leck, The Painting
  • Yvan Lee Guy, Cold Tile

2017 winners:

Ages 7-9

  • William Colpitts, The Basement
  • Isla Cohen, The Old Haunted Restaurant

Ages 10-12

  • Zoe Leck, Flesh
  • Yvan Lee Guy, Crew

Ages 13-15

  • Lauren Wamboldt, Fourteen
  • Penelope Duran, Room 209
  • Jerry Xia, Jane

2016 winners:

Ages 7-9
The Library Mystery by Jackson Smith
The Haunted House by Kayleigh Garrisoni

Ages 10-12
Bad Wolf by Zoe Leck
The Creature by Yvan Lee Guy

Ages 13-15
The Wind Blows with a Vengeance by Mariella Lindsay-Botten
Haunted? by Jenna McConnell 
Ghost Writer by Lindsey McNamara

2015 winners:

Ages 7-9
The Haunted House by Sasha Hoque
No Easy Way Out by Kaelin Caporicci
The Murder Monster by Taylor Hollett

Ages 10-12
The Harp by Mya Barnett
The Blood Stone by Isabel Binder

Ages 13-15
The Town by Kyle Hardy
The Crooked Man by Erin Inglis 
Campfire Stories by Jenna McConnell

2014 winners:

Ages 7-9
The Ghost Made of Nothing by Hamza Abawajy
The Deerhound of 60 Willow Street by Zoe Leck

Ages 10-12
Plague by Erin Inglis
The Staircase Ghost by Gillian Currie

Ages 13-15
The Baby’s Cry by Kura Broadnax
The Strange Ripples on the Mersey River by Avery Opalka 
Oh Sthree Raypura by Pranathi Challa

2013 winners:

Ages 7-9
Will you be my Friend? By Ruth Lundrigan
The Hour, by Taya Hooper-Dixon

Ages 10-12
The Face in the Window, by Erin Inglis 
Eleven and the One Remaining, by Avery Opalka

Ages 13-15
Anna, by Jordan Galbraith 
The Legend of Maplewood Library, by Madeline Biso

2012 winners:

Ages 7-9
The Night of the Zombie Animals, by Angus Hussey-Tallon
The Window, by Sasha Oreskovich

Ages 10-12
Acadian Ghosts, by Geneviève Doiron
Eyes in the Cabin, by Zoe Hogue 
Angel, by Erin Inglis

Ages 13-15
The Cove, by Anna DeWolfe
Together Beneath the Waves, by Olivia Malley

2011 winners:

Ages 7-9
Save the Ghosts!, by Jenna Garagan
December 6, by Erin Inglis

Ages 10-12
Ghostly Visions, by Shizza Hassan 
Noppera Bo: the Faceless Ghosts, by Hugh Soucy

Ages 13-15
Mr. Carter the Lighthouse Keeper, by Samantha Dill 
Lover’s Lullaby, by Maya Gantar

2010 winners:

Ages 7-9
The Murdered Bird, by Avery Opalka
School Spirit, by Erin Inglis

Ages 10-12
The Abandoned High School, by Natalie Comeau
The Shadow, by Cory McConnell 
Shadow Lands, by Madeline Toal

Ages 13-15
The Pure Curse, by Amel Bensalim 
A Monsoon Night’s Tale, by Abdiel Samuel James

Winners prior to 2010 can be found in storage at the Alderney Gate Library – ask at the youth desk on the second floor.