Library Literary Contests

2-Sentence Horror Story Contest

This year's Contest has ended! See our winners below.

It was a dark and stormy night... when the University of North Florida's Thomas G. Carpenter Library decided to host a 2-Sentence Horror Story Contest for all UNF students, faculty, and staff. The contest begins Monday, October 4, 2021 and submissions must be submitted online by Friday, October 15, 2021. Horror story submissions may be about any terrifying topic or gruesome subject, but must be original and two sentences (400 characters or less) in length.

Looking for some bone-chilling inspiration? Check out these 20 terrifying two-sentence short horror stories that will make you hold your breath.


Contest Rules: 

  1. Participants must be a UNF affiliate (UNF email/N# required on survey)

  2. Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m.

  3. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 22

  4. May submit multiple entries, but can only win one prize

  5. Stories that do not follow the 2-sentence rule will be disqualified

2020 Contest

FlyerThe library's inaugural 2-Sentence Horror Story Contest took place in October 2020. We received 159 entries from students, faculty and staff, of which all were judged by a panel of library staff and guests. Our chosen winners were as follows:

First place:

“I don’t think I could live a day in your life,” my neighbor said to me one morning. Upon asking him why, he replied with: “I just wouldn’t like having someone watch me while I sleep,” and walked away.

Jacary Lundy – Undergraduate Student, Physics

Second place:

I wake up and everything feels wrong; I feel it in my gut. My colon was replaced by a semi-colon.

Carter Montgomery – Graduate Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Third place:

He crawled under the covers next to his wife, running his fingers through her hair and gently whispering, “Nothing can keep us apart.” The tangled strands caught under his ragged nails, easily pulling out of the decaying flesh surrounding her disembodied head.

Margaret Darmanjian – Undergraduate Student, Chemistry

2021 Contest

Flyer for 2-Sentence Horror Story ContestOur 2nd annual 2-Sentence Horror Story Contest was our most popular library literary contest to date with over 200 submissions from students, faculty, and staff! Here are the three lucky winners whose spine-tingling tales impressed our judges:

First place:

A stranger walked up behind me, smelled my hair, and whispered in my ear, "You smell different when you're awake." Then he walked away.

Alexis Skidmore – Undergraduate Student, Spanish

Second place:

It was a dark and stormy night when the undead arose from the St. Johns River. They had been waiting patiently in the forms of rocks and stones.

Kerry Eldred – Staff Member, PACT Study/Psychology

Third place:

A Summer mountain cabin, rolling hills, birds, and a bubbling creek. Swinging on the porch a cool summer breeze creates the perfect scene then I hear the slow heartbeat and smell the cigar smoke behind me.

Hannah Holley – Undergraduate Student, Health Science


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