We're looking for spooky Q-C stories

Do you have a Quad-Cities ghost story to tell? Enter it in the Ghost Tales contest.

Calling all writers: We're looking for spooky Quad-Cities stories!

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation and the Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com invite Quad-Citians to submit original scary stories for the 2019 Ghost Tales contest. The deadline for entering is midnight Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

The winning story will be read at the foundation's Ghost Tales program, which will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, on the grounds of the Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island. Other area storytellers also will be featured at the event.

A sneak preview of the winning story will be published by the Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com before the event.

Those attending the family-friendly Ghost Tales program should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Complimentary guided tours of the Colonel Davenport House will be offered beginning at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be sold.

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Admission is $6, $4 for seniors 65 and older, and free for children 12 and younger and for active military members. Proceeds will be used to help preserve the historic Colonel Davenport House, which was built in 1833.

Attendees age 16 and older must show a U.S. photo ID because the island is a working military facility. Visitors should enter through the Moline gate. For more information, visit davenporthouse.org.

Ghost Tales contest entries will be judged by Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation board members.

The contest rules are:

  • An entry must be the original work of the author.
  • Each entry must relate in some way to the Quad-Cities.
  • Each entry must be 1,000 words or less.
  • Each entry must be suitable for a family audience.
  • Each entry must include the author's name, age, address and daytime phone number.
  • Entries must be emailed by midnight Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, to coloneldavenport1833@hotmail.com or mailed before Sept. 15 to Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation, Attn: Ghost Tales Contest, P.O. Box 4603, Rock Island, IL 61204-4603
  • The winning story will be published by the Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com. Employees of Lee Enterprises and their family members are not eligible to enter.

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