Short Stories

2019 EP Short Story Contest Winners

Click above to read the winning stories.

Click here to register once your story is ready. There’s a $25 entrance fee. Make sure it meets the word limit and that it is a story.

Open to 8-17 year-old homeschooled students.

Submissions will be accepted from April 15 to May 15.

The Process

Write a short story. It can be fiction or non-fiction. On the last page, not part of the word count, thank those who helped you edit. You don’t have to name names, but you can my mother and father, etc.

The length should be 500 – 2000 words.

The Submission

You will submit a link to your story posted online when you pay your application fee. Content must be appropriate for all audiences. I have the right to refuse to post your submission based on content without refund.

Your name and age will go on the registration form and should not appear on the story.

The Judging


Voice/Style/Use of Language

Conventions (grammar, spelling, etc.)

Development of character/setting/mood etc.


Each category 20 points

Our Judges

We have two anonymous judges, who don’t know any of the entrants. One has a masters degree in English composition and she is a published author. One is a former teacher who used to run a writing contest at his school.