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Writing Contest: Halloween Chocolate Story

Fall is almost here. Leaves will soon be turning colors, pumpkins will adorn porches, and children will don their spooky apparel before heading out into the night.

Halloween Chocolate Stories

It’s time for some spooky stories; or at least some Halloween action in our chocolate shops.

To help fill our next assortment of conversational stories with tasty Halloween-themed tales, we’re running a writing contest. We’re even offering a cash prize to the authors of the 1st and 2nd place story.

Before You Submit

We encourage you to read through our Author Tips page and our recent blog post on Writing a “Transformational” Story for the “My Box of Chocolates” Voice App . These tips will help you understand the types of stories that work well with our “My Box of Chocolates” voice app. 

Insider tip: the judge has mentioned that stories with a transformational component, like the sample story described in the above-mentioned blog post, will have a better chance of winning!

We also highly recommend that you listen to the My Box of Chocolates voice app on an Alexa device. See our tips on how to listen to the voice app at the very bottom of this post.

One More Thing…

When you submit your story via our online submission form, you’ll see a bunch of fields that are optional (not required). Those fields include a candy name and description. They also include conversational elements, such as the comment Alexa makes after your story, the question she asks the listener, and the response she gives the listener based on how they answer the question.

You do not need to fill out these fields to enter the contest. We’re happy to have you take a stab at filling them out; but your entry won’t be affected.  For the purpose of the contest, the judge will only be evaluating your story (the text you submit in the “Chocolate Story” field of the submission form).

Official Rules

  • No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author.  

  • By submitting to the contest, the author grants Tellables the right to publish the story in its voice app experiences, regardless of whether or not the story wins a prize.

  • All entries must be original works by the entrant, in English. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.

  • To be eligible, entries must: 

    • be works of prose up to a maximum of 280 words in length

    • include at least one scene that occurs in the fictional chocolate shop of one of the My Box of Chocolates chocolatiers

    • have a Halloween theme

  • Each entrant may submit up to two stories to the contest. Each entry may comprise one standalone story, or Part 1 or Part 2 of a connected (two-part) story. 

  • Each submission requires a separate completed entry form.

  • Entries should be entered through the website at no later than 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, October 19, 2019. We will only accept entries in digital format.

  • All judges or members of the Tellables staff are ineligible. 

  • The contest is void where prohibited by law.

  • Entries will be judged by a member of the Tellables editorial staff. The decisions of the judge  are entirely their own and are final and binding.


  • There shall be two cash prizes: a First Prize of $75, and Second Prize of $25.

  • Winners will be notified by email no later than November 1, 2019. 

Good Luck!

We look forward to your creative entries. Feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions.

How to listen to the voice app
If you have an Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show, say “Alexa, enable my box of chocolates” and then “Alexa, open my box of chocolates.” 
If you don’t have an Echo, but you have a Fire Tablet that supports Alexa, search the Internet for how to activate Alexa on your Fire Tablet. Then repeat the same steps described above, except you don’t need to say “Alexa.” Just talk once she’s listening.
If you don’t have any of those devices, install the Amazon shopping app on your phone, log in with your Amazon account ID, and find the Alexa icon at the top right under the shopping cart icon. Then follow the same steps as described above. No need to say “Alexa” if she’s listening. 
If none of this works, try a family member or friend who has an Echo device. You might even enjoy listening to the stories together!


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