Staff Report

The Solvang Library has announced a Ghost Story Challenge for the Halloween season.

Writers young and old have until Oct. 25 to submit a mysterious or scary story of 500 words or less that is related to the supernatural. The Ghost Story Challenge is open to adults, 18 and over, and to young writers in sixth through 12th grades.

“The Ghost Story Challenge is not so much a contest as a celebration of the craft and imagination involved in writing a story, and the thrill experienced in reading or hearing it,” a library staff member said. “It’s going to be great fun to read these aloud!”

The library set these guidelines for submissions: Send your story in the body of an email (no attachments please) to, including your name, phone number, and age category: Adult (18+) or Teen (6th -12th grade). No crime stories please. A panel of professionals will judge the entries.

The winning entries will be read aloud at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Casa Cassara in Solvang.

For more information, see the library events calendar at, call the library at 805-688-4214, or look up the Solvang Library on Facebook.