A Very Scary February

In by aerin

February 23, 2023 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Compete to share the greatest story!


This February 23rd, Podium hosts A Very Scary February for all writers and readers out there! Join us digitally from the comfort of your home to participate in or watch a competition you’ll never forget!

Writers are challenged to create a spooky flash fiction piece in just 1-hour. Competing flash fiction authors have a chance to win monetary prizes plus digital showcases of their stories!

Not the writing type? Then join our Really Creepy Reading competition. Choose from one of several predetermined short stories to perform a dramatic reading, all to compete for the chance to win monetary and physical prizes!

Top prizes for the night’s Flash Fiction champions:
  • $50 Gift Card to The Book Bar (1st place overall)
  • $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card (2nd place overall)
  • Video recording of story reading (top story in each genre)
  • Digital showcase of story in The Podium online magazine (top story in each genre)

Flash Fiction Rules: 1,200 word maximum; one typed piece, 12-point font, double spaced. Must be submitted by 7:30pm. Contestants will receive their genre and elements to use throughout their piece at 6pm the day of the competition.

  • Judging Rubric is based on a 4-point system in 5 categories: conflict, resolution, characterization, creativity, and elements used.
Top prizes for the night’s Really Creepy Reading champions:
  • A hardcover copy of The Occult, Witchcraft & Magic by Christopher Dell provided by Rest In Pieces + a $10 Starbucks Gift Card (1st place overall)
  • $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card (2nd place overall)

Really Creepy Reading Rules: Reading must be a pre-approved piece of literature selected by Podium RVA and will be provided at 6:45pm the day of the competition.

  • Judging Rubric is based on a 4-point system in 3 categories: delivery, energy, and emotion.

Can’t attend but still want to support? Donate to Podium instead! 


The Evening’s Schedule:
Viewers: Please join us from 7:30 – 9pm to enjoy Podium’s Really Creepy and Flash Fiction readings!
Flash Fiction:
  • 6 – 6:30pm: Flash Fiction rules reviewed and prompts provided
  • 6:30 – 7:30pm: Competitors write and submit by 7:30pm
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm: Writing is judged, and competitors are invited to watch creepy readings!
  • 8:30 – 9pm: Winners are announced and read their stories!
Really Creepy Reading: 
  • 6:45pm – 7:10pm: Reading competition rules reviewed and stories selected
  • 7:10 – 7:30pm: 20-min competitor preparation
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm: Reading competition, followed by winners announced!
  • 8:30 – 9pm: Competitors are invited to listen to Flash Fiction winning stories!
For full competition rules, or if you have any questions about Podium’s Very Scary February virtual event, please contact Aerin Mills at: communications@podiumrva.org
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Viewer $25
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Sponsor Very Scary February $250
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