PLATTSBURGH The State University of New York at Plattsburgh English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, is challenging middle school students to write their scariest Halloween stories. Ivan Wohner, co-president of the Sigma Tau Delta, said the group is sponsoring the Halloween Spooky Story Contest in order to encourage writing in area schools. What we are trying to do is help inspire young writers, said Wohner. We feel there is tremendous talent out there and that this competition can give students the chance to use their imaginations through writing. This contest is meant to be a rewarding experience both for the three winners and for everyone who participates, because it is meant to be an exercise of the imagination, added Wohner. This is a great chance [for SUNY Plattsburgh students] to give back to the local community. The contest requires entries to be no more than 1,000 words in length and be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, Oct. 17. Entrants should cut and paste their stories into the body of the e-mail rather than sending them as an attachment. Authors of the top three stories will win gift cards from Borders $20 for first place, $15 for second and $10 for third. The contest is open to all area middle schools.