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The Atlantic City Free Public Library

Library Contests

Welcome to the library's inaugural Two Sentence Horror Story Contest. We received 99 entries from children, teens, and adults in the Atlantic City community, which were judged by a panel of library staff. Our chosen winners are as follows:

Ages 12 and Under

First Place:

Her face was so perfect, but it was getting late. So I hung it back up in the closet with my other ones.

-- Liany Parada

Second Place:

I'm walking in a dangerous street at night and see a girl. I ask her "isn't it dangerous here?" and she answers "when I was alive it was..."

-- Justin Ramirez

Third Place:

There was a picture on my phone of me sleeping. I live alone.

-- Fabio Rojas

Ages 13 - 18

First Place:

I woke up at 3 am to use the bathroom. I heard people talking downstairs, but I thought I killed them all!"

-- Giuseppe DiPaola

Second Place:

I heard tap, tap, tap, tap, tapping on the keyboard from my office downstairs. I went to the office and read on the screen "I'm watching you."

-- Abnielis Rodriguez

Third Place:

I don't usually repeat my mistakes but since I hit that kid while driving drunk, I always see him on the same corner with the same clothes and I always kill him again.

-- Dickson Moreno

Ages 19 and Older

First Place:

My watch beeps telling me I reached my step goal. I'm just getting out of bed for the first time today.

-- Nakia Weekes

Second Place:

I walked over to the printer. The paper came out and read "You're next!"

-- Nakia Weekes

Third Place:

I really have to fix the draft coming from the attic. The first step is getting stronger chains for the demon so he stops trying to escape.

-- William Powell

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