The Northeast Georgian’s ‘Jack-O’-Lantern Journal’ returns this Halloween

With Halloween, Oct. 31, fast approaching, The Northeast Georgian is bringing back its “Jack- O’-Lantern Journal,” complete with photos of “Boo-tiful Babies” and “Spooky Pookies,” Halloween safety tips and, of course, our “Scary Story Contest.”

The “Scary Story Contest” is always popular among students, and a real treat for us to judge.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following four age divisions: grades four and five, grades six and seven, grades eight and nine, and grades 10-12.

Winning authors of each category in the “Scary Story Contest” will receive $25 each. An honorable mention entry will also be chosen from each division. These authors will receive $15 each.

The Northeast Georgian also welcomes participating students to submit Halloween-themed artwork with their story submissions to run throughout the “Jack-O’-Lantern Journal.”

While Habersham County students have already been invited to participate, all homeschooled children/teens eligible are also invited to submit entries based on the contest rules below.

Criteria for entering:

• Student must reside or attend school in Habersham County;

• A student may only enter one story;

• All stories/artwork submitted must include the name, age, grade, city of residence and phone number of the author or the author’s parent(s)/guardian;

• Stories must be original;

• Stories should be no longer than 500 words for all grades. Exciting short stories are encouraged;

• All stories submitted should be typed or neatly written;

• In judging entries, emphasis will be placed on creativity;

• Teachers, please select the top two stories in your classroom before submitting, and include your name on entries;

• All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Entries can be mailed to The Northeast Georgian, P.O. Box 1555, Cornelia, GA 30531 (must be postmarked by Oct. 19); dropped off at 2440 Old Athens Hwy., Cornelia; or sent via email to

All Habersham County residents are invited to submit photos of costumed “Boo-tiful Babies” and “Spooky Pookies” (pets), also to be shared in the “Jack-O’-Lantern Journal.”

High-resolution, unedited images should be emailed to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

For “Boo-tiful Babies” entries, each photo should include the child’s name, age and city of residence, as well as the name(s) of their parent(s)/guardian.

For “Spooky Pookies” entries, each photo should include the pet’s name, city of residence, as well as the name(s) of the owner(s).

For more information, call Editor Christina Santee, 706-778-4215.

Northeast Georgian

Mailing Address:
2440 Old Athens Hwy
Cornelia, GA 30531

Phone: 706-778-4215
Fax: 706-778-4114