Short Stories

Change! Winners will be announced on June 15th. They will be announced live on YouTube at noon EST.

Then immediately they will be on the site and posted to Facebook. Feel free to share videos or pictures of the winners and their reactions in the comments!

Due to the great response, our judges have asked for more time. I’m sorry you’ll have to wait, but thank you for your patience. Everyone will be sent their scores.

Registration is CLOSED

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.

View Submissions

Winners will be listed here on June 1st 15th

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. Maybe put your story on a blog or somewhere accessible to everyone. Be careful with Google docs; everyone must have access to view it. It will be available to the public from our site. 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

Creativity

Voice/Style/Use of Language

Conventions (grammar, spelling, etc.)

Development of character/setting/mood etc.

Structure/Organization

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 is a published author. One is a former teacher who used to run a writing contest at his school.