Short Stories

See the Winners List

You will register here once your story is ready. There’s a $25 entrance fee. Make sure that it is a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Your story will not be submitted if it does not meet the word count or if it is locked to outside viewers. You MUST check those things before submitting. We will NOT let you resubmit this year. Be prepared to submit BEFORE the last day so you can have others try to open your story and make sure your link is working. If the judges can’t open it, they can’t include it in the contest.

Write with questions.


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 thank my mother and father, etc.

The length should be 500 – 1500 words.

(We do not make exceptions for this. Stories shorter than 500 words or longer than 1500 words will not be entered into the contest.)

The Submission

You will submit a link to your story posted on Google Docs 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. Please avoid dark themes.

Your name and age will go on the registration form and should not appear on the story. This also means no pictures of yourself. Go to the link above, upload or copy in your story.

Take the time to edit the formatting after you upload to Google Docs! Don’t leave it to the last minute.

PLEASE make sure there is white space. Indent your paragraphs and make sure there is a space between each paragraph. There should be paragraphs! Look at the helpful tips in the Judging section below.

Use size 12 font.

Save and get a “Shareable Link.” It should be set so that others can “view” not “edit.” Make sure you have someone check your link before submitting it.

Click the blue “SHARE” button in the top right of your document. Then use the drop-down menu arrow to change the link from “restricted” to “anyone with the link”:

The Judging


  • The judges don’t want to read the same story over and over again. Be original!

Voice/Style/Use of Language

  • Describe! This is more for the older kids. Do the words simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification mean anything to you? Be energetic, serious, funny, quirky…that’s your voice. Keep it consistent.

Conventions (grammar, spelling, etc.)

Development of character/setting/mood etc.

  • Make sure we can picture who and what you are talking about. Does anything change for the character over the story?


  • It should have a beginning, middle, and end.

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.

Main Competition Page