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The Ghost Story: A Guide


This is a free contest; there is no fee to participate. This year, the Ghost story contest is open to all Miami-Dade College Eduardo Padrón Campus Students. Therefore, be sure to have your MDC Student ID and MDC student email because you will need them to submit your story into this year's contest. 

The 2021 Ghost Story contest is now closed! The deadline to submit your haunting short stories is November 5th, 2021. The top 3 winners will be personally contacted before November 14, and will be publicly announced on November 15th, 2021 at the Padron Campus at an on-campus awards ceremony. Top Three winners, as well as honorary mentions, will have the opportunity to read their stories at the ceremony. 

Story Requirements


Your Ghost short story must contain at least one main character who is a ghost or who directly interacts with ghosts or should allude to the possibility of ghosts.  

It must be double spaced, with no less than 600 words and no more than 4,000 words. Stories should be written in 12-point font Times New Roman or Garamond, or 11-point font Arial or Arial Nova.  

Stories are encouraged in any language; however, stories submitted must be in English. Stories written in another language must be accompanied by an English translation. Miami English is welcomed.  


Be creative in your short story submission. We encourage you to share an excerpt of your short story online. If you do, be sure to use the #MDC2021StoryContest.   


Story Submission Instructions


Stories must be submitted to the following email: by November 5th, 2021. On the Email subject line, you must write the year, your full name, and your ten-digit MDC student ID (example: 2021 John Doe 4000105009). For more email submission examples, see below. 




Stories must be submitted with a Cover Page. In the Cover Page, type the following: Story Title, Writer’s full name, writer’s phone number, and writer’s email address. This information will be used to contact winners. For format example, see below.

Submissions which do not meet the Email and Cover Page requirements will not be considered. If you have questions regarding the email submission and Cover Page requirements, or need help with submitting your story or creating the Cover Page, please contact


Winners will be contacted through the phone number and email they provided on the Cover Page of their stories.  

  • $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • "Ghost" Gift Basket 
  • Publishing in the MDC Digital Commons


  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • "Ghost" Gift Basket 
  • Publishing in the MDC Digital Commons 


  • $25 Amazon Gift Card 
  • "Ghost" Gift Basket
  • Publishing in the MDC Digital Commons 


Honorary mentions will be given a "surprise" gift. 

All winners, as well as Honorary mentions, will be invited to read an excerpt of their short stories at the Padron Campus Award Ceremony on November 15th, 2021. The reading will be optional. 

Selecting Winners

Five judges consisting of Faculty and Staff from Miami Dade College’s Eduardo Padrón Campus will evaluate the submissions. A rubric will be developed that will assess each story on originality, entertainment, quality, and basic requirements. If a tiebreaker is needed, the panel will approach a faculty member at Padrón Campus. 

MUST READ; Official Contest Rules

  1. Students may use myths or folklore, but their submitted story must be an original work created by the person entering the contest.
  2. Students can make multiple submissions.  
  3. Stories containing language that contains hate speech or is offensive, wholly inappropriate language will not be accepted. If you’re going to cuss – don’t do it to shock.  
  4. Stories must be submitted with a Cover Page. 
  5. Submit your story to the email by November 5th, 2021. On the Email subject line, you must write the year, your full name, and your ten-digit MDC student ID (ex. 2021 John Doe 4000105009).
  6. Winners will be contacted through the phone number and email they provided on the Cover Page of their stories. 
  7. Winners will be posted to the Padron Campus Instagram account and Learning Resources Facebook Page. 
  8. By submitting your original short story to the MDC Ghost Story Contest, you certify that the story/stories that you have entered into this contest is/are original to you. You also grant permission for first publication to MDC to publish your work in the MDC Digital Commons and share on MDC social media sites. You agree that this release will prevent you from bringing a lawsuit against MDC in connection with any claims regarding the publication of the story/stories that You submitted.  
  9. MDC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any participant who does not comply with the contest rules. 

MDC reserves the right to publish submissions in order to promote subsequent Ghost Story Contests, or in any other manner that further serves MDC’s purposes as a public educational institution. MDC will provide notice to the participant within a reasonable time prior to using a submission.