THE SPIDER – STORY SCAVENGER HUNT

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What is it?

The Spider Story Scavenger Hunt is a free family event being run by the Norwich Writers’ Circle to celebrate the fifth year of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition.

Between May 27th – June 9th 2019, we’ll be putting up 4 posters across the city. Your job is to find them. Each poster contains a QR code which will reveal part of a spooky story as well as the location of the next poster.

As a reward for finding the posters, we’re giving you the chance to enter our free prize draw where you could win:

  • 1 x £25 Amazon gift card.
  • 2 x free entry into the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019.
  • 1 x bundle of our anthologies Stepping Out, Strangers, and Markets.
  • 1 x New box set of  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, a collection of short scary stories for children.

The story

The Spider is a spooky short story about a woman who finds an unusual spider in her home. It is suitable for the whole family, but it does contain mild peril and spiders, so if you or your children are sensitive to either of these things, you may want to sit this one out. It should take no more than an hour to find the posters and read each part of the story.

How to play

The goal is to find all four posters in order. We’ll be announcing where the first poster is on our social media very soon. They will be outside in public spaces. They looks like this:

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Keep an eye out.

If you find one, simply scan the QR code at the bottom of the poster to be taken to the story page. The location of the next poster can be found on the page too.

The posters are all placed in wheelchair and buggy friendly locations within this area of Norwich:

SPIDERS MAP

How to enter the free prize draw

  1. Take a picture of each poster, making sure the poster number in the top left corner is clearly visible. Your picture can be a selfie with the poster, a group shot with the poster, or just a picture of the poster. As long as the number in the top left can be seen clearly.
  2. Post it to our social media pages with the hashtag #FindTheSpider.

Here are examples of what you posts should look like:

TWITTER EXAMPLE

FB example

Instagram Example

Notice you can see the number in the top left corner, and the correct hashtag has been used. You can write whatever comments you like, you don’t have to put ‘Found Poster 1’ as in the example, and can add other hastags if you like. Just be sure you include the #FindTheSpider hashtag, and tag us otherwise we won’t be able to find your post, which means you won’t be entered into the draw.

That’s it. There are no catches or hidden fees. The draw is completely free to enter and you could win some great prizes. Just be mindful of your data allowance before posting each photo.

But there’s more. You gain one entry per poster, per social media platform, meaning you could have up to 12 entries in the draw, giving you a better chance of winning.

For example, if you posted a photo of Poster 1 to our Facebook page with the hashtag #FindTheSpider, that would give you a single entry.

If you posted an image of Poster 1 to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages with the correct hashtag, that would give you 3 entries – one for the single poster for each social media platform.

If you submitted 5 pictures of Poster 1 to Facebook, you still only get one entry because it’s one entry per poster. Each poster will only net you one entry per social media platform.

To get the most entries, you need to submit a photo of all 4 posters to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This will give you the maximum of fifteen entries – that’s one for each of the 4 posters, on three different social media pages.

The winners will be drawn at random on Monday 10th of June 2019 and announced via our social media pages, where they will be tagged if possible. The winners will be contacted via the social media account they posted the picture on, so make sure you check them regularly. We will then privately ask for details so we can post your prize to you.

So if you want to take part in a free activity suitable for most ages, and enter a free draw for a chance to win some great prizes, you know what to do.

When is the event?

The event is being run between 27th May and 9th June 2019. Poster will up the morning of the 27th and come down by the afternoon of the 9th. Be sure you have posted your pictures by then!

When will the results of the draw be announced?

The winners will be drawn at random on Monday 10th of June 2019 and announced via our social media pages, where they will be tagged if possible. The winners will be contacted via the social media account they posted the picture on, so make sure you check them regularly. We will then privately ask for details so we can post your prize to you.

Why are we running the event?

We’re holding this event to celebrate the fifth year of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. We’re looking for short stories of no more than 2000 words written on the theme of ‘Spooks’. There are cash prizes: 1st £400, 2nd £250, and 3rd £100. Plus all top 3 winners and 7 shortlisted will be published in our annual anthology. The deadline is 31st July 2019, so there’s plenty of time to get an entry together.

Our hope is this event will inspire a few more spooky entries

However, Norwich is a city of stories, and we are keen to share stories of our own, as well as encourage reading. We also know how hard it can be to find something free to keep the kids entertained, and decided to run this event over May half term.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on any of our social media pages or email us on: norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk.

Terms and conditions

  • None of the prizes have any cash alternatives.
  • Norwich Writers’ Circle accept no liability for any injury while you are participating in our competition.They take place in public spaces, we have no control over the environment.
  • Norwich Writers’ Circle committee members are excluded from the prize draw, but they can still participate in following the posters and share.
  • The free entry to the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition is only valid for the 2019 competition and must be used by 31st July 2019. Can only be used once. 
  • When uploading photos to our social media, data charges may apply. See your network operators terms and conditions for details. Always check your data limits before posting.
  • When we contact you to let you know you have won a prize, you have 14 days to respond. If we do not hear from you within 14 days, you forfeit the prize. In the event that this happens, we will draw more names to see who gets the unclaimed prizes.

 

 

 

 

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