The Contest Prompt It's October! Let's celebrate by writing some Halloween or Horror themed short stories. Word length is very relaxed at 500-7500. Halloween 2016 Story List (Table of Contents) Note: If you are only seeing one column, try scrolling to the right This is an Example by @Nom de Plume Overall Rating: 10.0 /10 Tags: Much Wow, Example Light by @Imnotarobot Overall Rating: 7.0 /10 Tags: Suspense, University Campus Setting The Dead are Coming by @iampsyx Overall Rating: 7.8 /10 Tags: Suspense, Superstition, Magic Sweet Caramel Love by @brasca123 Overall Rating: 5.6 /10 Tags: Halloween, Flashback to Childhood Halloween Story by @NZPIEFACE Overall Rating: 5.4 /10 Tags: Halloween, Purely Dialogue, University Campus Setting Grimm's ABC Song by @A5G_Reaper Overall Rating: 5.5 /10 Tags: Suspense, Throwback to Edward Gorey Poetry Monotonous by @LaDyViL Overall Rating: 7.5 /10 Tags: Halloween, Nostalgia Boo! by @Zero300 Overall Rating: 7.0 /10 Tags: Halloween, Playing with Perspective Defiling the Innocent Gods Among Us by @karsarts Overall Rating: 7.1 /10 Tags: Horror, Superstition, Incest Fwends 4ev3r by @Pandamonic Overall Rating: 6.5 /10 Tags: Superstition, Monsters, Chat Group It Started Off Innocently Enough by @allusivelogic Overall Rating: 7.8 /10 Tags: Horror, Cultivation Beyond the Door She Opened by @Litisun Overall Rating: 7.8 /10 Tags: Halloween, Cat Ears I Remember About that Time, When... by @Grenn Overall Rating: 7.4 /10 Tags: Suspense, Superstition, Nostalgia, Funeral Inner Demon by @SpearOfLies Overall Rating: 4.5 /10 Tags: Thriller, Possession, Serial Murders Darkness of Halloween by @Mivdyr Overall Rating: 6.6 /10 Tags: Halloween, Suburban Myth The Sphere by @Psyrhos Overall Rating: 7.7 /10 Tags: Horror, Office/City Setting Crossroad by @Dragn555 Overall Rating: 7.9 /10 Tags: Halloween, Latin Terms, Monsters A Mistake in Death by @Katsono Overall Rating: 6.5 /10 Tags: Horror, City Sewers, Some Gore The Girl in the Abandoned Tree by @Arcadia Blade Overall Rating: 7.0 /10 Tags: Suspense, School Myth, Karma Chuunibyou Cat by @Aokiba Overall Rating: 2.9 /10 Tags: Invisible Dragon Type Thriller What Other Side Thinking? by @Clozdark Overall Rating: 7.1 /10 Tags: Suspense, Purgatory New Parents by @falcon92 Overall Rating: 7.1 /10 Tags: Thriller, Myth, Some Gore Miracle by @Pyoo Overall Rating: 7.0 /10 Tags: Suspense, Charm Bracelet, Careful What You Wish For Click Bait by @Sarang Overall Rating: 4.1 /10 Tags: Humor, NUF Setting All Hallow's Eve Cultivation by @Wyrr Bonus Story: No Rating, Exceeded Word Limits Tags: Halloween, Cultivation, Walking Dead Midnight Call by @SilentFyre Overall Rating: 7.1 /10 Tags: Suspense, Superstition, Office Setting Flat Tires and Plot Holes by @AndrewOrion Overall Rating: 7.1 /10 Tags: Suspense, Modern Setting, Alternate Universe, Editor's Pick The Monster That Always Comes Back by @Soraizumi Overall Rating: 6.0 /10 Tags: Thriller, Mild Gore, Hunted Canned Oshiruku Soup by @happy Overall Rating: 6.6 Tags: Suspense, Purgatory, Editor's Pick Untitled by @Bananana Overall Rating: 6.0 /10 Tags: Thriller, Humor Ghost Hunting 101 by @BlaBla013 Overall Rating: 6.5 /10 Tags: Spooky, Ghosts, Friendship A Trickster's Chant by @Fierbras Overall Rating: 7.25 Tags: Halloween, Children Fear Itself by @HELLiCOPter Overall Rating: 5.9 Tags: Suspense, Origin of Monsters, Family In Other News by @Ixcez Overall Rating: 5.9 Tags: Suspense, Survival The Pumpkin by @Kickuck Overall Rating: 5.4 Tags: Halloween, Superstition What They Don't See by @KingOfMangonia Overall Rating: 8.4 Tags: Halloween, Poetry, *First Place* Good Night by @lightnovelcafe Overall Rating: 7.0 Tags: Thriller, Monster under the Bed LOST CHILDREN OF HALLOWEEN by @SovereignSamiul Bonus Story: User Banned Tags: Halloween, Dare Obsession by @ShuiLin Overall Rating: 6.250 Tags: Mystery, Mild Gore, Multiple Perspectives Meeting of Fate in the Night of the Dead by @sordahon12 Overall Rating: 5.9 Tags: Tragedy, Fantasy Five Candles by @Yonna Overall Rating: 6.0 Tags: Superstition, True Story The Prize Spoiler After judging is completed all of the submissions will be chronicled here in this locked thread. Additionally, the grand prize will be a medal. Top Ten will additionally be highlighted in the Table of Contents. The Judges Spoiler @rdawv is a name you might recognize from the review section on NU and is, as far as I know, within top 5 for sheer number of reviews. He is the author of "The Great Game - The Young Master" written and released on our very own forum in Original Compositions. Please check it out!! @makenai89 also writes some really stellar reviews on NU as well as starting the infamous Danmei Room. I have seen her active on a lot of sites. If any need a special mention makenai, just let me know!! @Qwaztop is a replacement. Q&A PM me if you have more questions and I will update here if necessary. Spoiler Q: I can't post here and I have a really cool idea! A: Please visit Contest Discussion and pm @Nom de Plume or any other mod. Q: I can't post here and I want to join the contest!! A: Please reread the submission section above. Make sure to PM @Nom de Plume for any other questions. Q: Why would I get disqualified for pming a judge or another mod my submission? A: This contest is being judged 'blind' so the judges will not see who the authors are. This is to keep the contest fair and based purely off of the writing!! Q: Is this a popularity contest? A: This is a writing contest. Please see the last question to understand that I am trying to make this a legitimate and fair contest. Q: English isn't my first language!! A: I will work with you on grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Just ask me in the pm when you make your submission. The judges will only see it once it is polished. Q: You only have two judges, what if there is a tie? A: There should not be a tie. If the scores come to that, the two judges and I will debate and decide on just one. Q: Yo NdP~!! We are close friends so you will let me win right? A: Ask me this and I will only feel insulted and used. I could not help as well, since I am not a judge. I am here to screen the submissions as peer review and to cut down trolls. Q: I am a close friend with one of the judges... A: I am going to stop you there. Revealing your identities to the judges results in disqualifications. Q: If this is a blind contest, will I still get credit? A: Of course!! I will have all participants make a post saying "Reserved" in this thread once judging is completed. I will relock it after banning any trolls and edit in the stories with judge scoring gradually until October 30th and linking to the (Table of Contents). Then I will announce the final winner on the 31st. I was going to make the posts myself before I realized the authors will need to make the posts to receive the likes. Q: Where are the stories? Why are some missing? A: Judging is complete!! Stories are just being moved into the thread ASAP. The final winner and some Editor's picks will be highlighted in the Table of Contents shortly. ^_^ Special Mentions I had already decided to do a short story contest next when @iampsyx and @Pyoo mentioned the possibility for NUF's upcoming anniversary. @erichninja pulled me into doing it sooner than I intended on @Tony's profile. I couldn't have finished the contest without the additional help from @akki, @Casul Reader, @Star Collapse, @Westeller, @OverlyFriendly and (again) @Tony! Encouragement from all and at least one story edited from each of the first four~ Also, please give lots of love to our judges @makenai89, @rdawv, and @Qwaztop!!