First Palmers Scream Children's Spooky Story Writing Competition

The judges were impressed by the inventiveness and imagination shown by all children in their stories. We never knew our area could be so spooky!

The job of finding winners was difficult and a lot of time was put into reading the stories by the judging panel.The judges decided that the winners of the writing competition are:

Walker
1. Jasmine Adusei-Cole
2. Eliza Clift
3. Anjali Makwana
Hazelwood
1. Rebecca Felsenstein
2. Georgie Gelling
3. Maya Abbazzi

Walker

  1. Jasmine Adusei-Cole
  2. Eliza Clift
  3. Anjali Makwana

Hazelwood

  1. Rebecca Felsenstein
  2. Georgie Gelling
  3. Maya Abbazzi

The winners were invited to an award ceremony on 20th September where they all received prizes, heard spooky stories and details of what made their own story so special.

They also met a Professor who specialises in ghost and witchcraft and other scary things. He explained how their stories might become local folklore.

palmers scream competition winners
palmers scream competition winners

The winners were invited to an award ceremony on 20th September where they all received prizes, heard spooky stories and details of what made their own story so special.

They also met a Professor who specialises in ghost and witchcraft and other scary things. He explained how their stories might become local folklore.

Prize winning stories

These are the six prize-winning stories.  Read them at your own risk...

Over the next few weeks we will be adding the other stories that were in the shortlist.

The Cast of the Shadows

by Jasmine Adusei-Cole

Ruined Broomfield House and the seemingly harmless lakes nearby may have a darker past than we can even imagine today. This story explores the previously uncovered secrets that may lie beneath the water.

The cast of the shadow

Read the story

The Hand

by Rebecca Felsenstein

hand croppedKeeping your hands washed and nails scrubbed may take on a different meaning once you've read this story. What can be more menacing than a mouldy, disembodied hand - unless its one attached to a body that has lured you into a trap from which you will not escape.

Read the story

Witches vs Boy

by Eliza Clift

Parents have good reason to tell children not to play with knives. Way back in time however every child would carry a knife, and for one young boy this proved to be a life-saver when he encountered a coven of witches in the forest that is now known as Grovelands Park.witch

 Read the story

Gone

by Georgie Gelling

If you've ever felt you're being ignore by parents or friends you might want to think of nipping or tickling them to get a reaction, just to check you're all in the same place. This chilling tale tells of gathering clouds that foretell unexplained disappearances - without the victim even knowing they are Gone!

Read the story

The Mysterious Man

by Anjali Makwana

Listening to music through headphones while you're walking can be dangerous – maybe you don't hear traffic and step into the road. But this story tells of a sinister encounter and tragic disappearance that could have been avoided if one small boy had not been wired for sound.......

Read the story

The Shadow of Broomfield Park

by Maya Abbazzi

Evening shadows can seem a bit scary, especially if you're out and about later than you're used to. This story warns that shadows may indeed be things to be wary of and perhaps not as harmless as we're often led to believe......

Read the story

The Book of Spooky Stories

palmers scream book coverAfter the discovery of the Scroll, six spooky stories were unearthed and were published in the Book of Spooky Stories.  You can also read the stories here on the website.

How Palmers Green Got Its Name

by Martin Jenkins

palmers scream moon cropped2How did the name palmer become attached to Palmers Green? There are two stories that explain how Palmers Green came to be named – one funny and one gruesome.  Read the story.

Bandstand Bob

by Denis Piggott

bandstand bobs fiddle smallDo you ever get a chill when you pass the bandstand in Broomfield Park?

Perhaps Bandstand Bob is standing next to you....

Read the story.

The Mystery Rider

by Karl Brown

Don't go wandering near the New River at dusk – the mystery rider may be out and about....

Read the story...

 

mystery rider

At the Boating Lake

by Tony Stafford

Who is the mysterious moonlit figure across the Broomfield lake?

Read the story...

lake small

Below the Triangle

by Alex Woolf

Find out why the toilets below the Triangle have been entombed.

Read the story...

BELOW THE TRIANGLE

Gabriel Haynes and the Ghost of Deadman's Bridge

by Suzanne Beard

How many times have you crossed Deadman's Bridge? Why is it called that?

Read the story...

deadmans bridge