Saturday, October 17, 2009

Haunted Astoria Seeks Haunted Stories

ASTORIA, OR – A new element of this year's Haunted Astoria event includes a short-story writing contest. There will be prizes for winners and the opportunity to read your story at the Open Mic Haunted Tales session taking place the evening of Saturday, October 24 at Pier 11 Steakhouse Restaurant. Stories should be no more than 1500 words. The genre is horror fiction that incorporates true facts or myths about Astoria and its intriguing heritage. First place winners receive $75, Second place winners receive $50 and third place winners receive $25. Pier 11 Steakhouse will also be providing gift certificates.

Mail entries to:Haunted Stories
c/o Astoria Sunday Market
P.O. Box 973
Astoria, OR 97103

Entries should be typed, double-spaced and include writer contact-information. Send unpublished works only. Deadline is October 19, 2009.

For more information call 503-325-1010

Haunted Astoria made its debut last fall with tours of local historic sites, a movie at Liberty Theater, psychic and paranormal fair at Pier 11, and an open mic session of ghost stories at a local restaurant. The fun continues in 2009 on Saturday, October 24, with added venues, a writing contest, and special underground tours of Liberty Theater and Clatsop County Heritage Museum.

Following Haunted Astoria, Talking Tombstones takes place on Sunday, October 25 – a hugely popular annual event presented by Clatsop County Historical Society at a different cemetery each year. Haunted Astoria is a collaborative effort produced by Astoria Sunday Market, Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Clatsop County Historical Society, and Liberty Theater. For more information contact the Astoria Warrenton Chamber at (503) 325-6311.

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