Third- and fourth-graders, send us your spooky stories!

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

The Washington Times-Reporter, Washington Community Bank and Holland's Mercantile are pleased to announce our Spooky Story Contest.

All children in third and fourth grades may submit an original story on the topic of Halloween or another spooky subject to compete for first, second or third place.

The contest rules are as follows:

o The stories will be limited to third and fourth graders in Washington.

o Stories should be no more than two pages, double-spaced. Students must write their own stories. Typed or hand-written stories will both be acceptable, but they must be legible.

o Students need to include their first and last name, grade, teacher’s name and the name of their school on the back of their paper.

o Judging criteria will be on creativity, originality, spelling and punctuation.

o Deadline to submit entries is noon Oct. 14. No late entries will be accepted. No exceptions!

o The winning stories will be published in the Oct. 28 edition of the Washington Times-Reporter.

A drop box for submissions is located at WRC Realtors. Entries may also be mailed to: Spooky Story contest/Washington Times-Reporter, PO Box 9426, Peoria, 61612-9426. Allow adequate time for mail.

One first-place winner will receive a Hometown Book of $1 Bills worth $25 from Washington Community Bank. Second-place and third-place winners will receive $10 gift certificates from Holland's Mercantile.

At the conclusion of the contest, after the stories are printed in the newspaper, teachers or individual winners may pick up prizes at the TimesNewspapers office, 1 News Plaza, Peoria.

Questions should be directed to Erin Wood, 686-3054.