In the spirit of Halloween Rusty Bumper is sponsering a writing
competition for entries in
either poetry or prose form on/or about Halloween.

Share your best original poems or prose
(fiction or non-fiction including creative non-fiction)
on any theme or topic related to Halloween.

Of course there are prizes for each categories of prose or poetry:

Click Here for 2010 contest

Submit original unpublished poetry of 1 to 3 poems or prose of any form that does not exceed 20
typed pages double spaced, on, about, or around a theme related to Halloween in either content or
You can either Email the entry to or fill out the entry form and mail it
along with the entry fee to the address below.
Deadline: all electronic entries must be time stamped as sent before 11:00 am Thursday October 29.

You can find a link to the entry form at the bottom of this page.

Entry fee:  $6.13  Make entry fee payable to Rusty Bumper in check or money order in US funds.  Do
not send cash.  For on-line payment through PayPal and use the PayPal button below.  An entry is
defined as one prose piece or 1 to 3 poems.  A writer may enter more than once, and will pay an entry
fee of $6.13 per entry.
  1. Format:
     a.  Only typed entries double-spaced in standard 10 to 12 point font on one side of a page of
          standard paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches in English will be judged.        
     b.  Do not enclose submissions in binders or covers.
     c.  Include a cover sheet containing the title(s), author's name, address, phone number and email        
          address.  Author's name must not appear anywhere on the piece itself.
2.  Include with the submission a completed entry form (see below).
3.  Retain a copy of the submission for yourself, Rusty Bumper will not return any submissions.
4.  Please enclose a SASE envelope or postcard with your submission so that Rusty Bumper will notify you to verifty
 reception of your entry.
5.  Entry into the contest gives Rusty Bumper the rights to publish your entry at any time.  
 Rusty Bumper will not own any rights to any entries beyond publishing by Rusty Bumper.  All authors may   
 publish entries without consent from Rusty Bumper, but the owner(s) of the piece(s) may not prohibit Rusty
 Bumper from future publishing.
6.  Results will be made available after October 31, 2009, and no later than December 31, 2009.
7.  Winners' names and pieces will be posted at for public viewing.
8.  Prizes will be awarded in the following amounts.  First place $66.00,  Second place $13.00, Third place $10.31.
9.  Optional:  Because the writing is the writer (for appreciation purposes - this information will be regarded and
 added to pieces that are posted following final selection and decisions)
     a.  Entrants may send an author biography - any length or format accepted
     b.  Photo(s)
     c.  Background on the entry and/or analysis of the entry.
Rusty Bumper
The Forth Annual seasonal
writing competition on
2011 Halloween
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