Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 26, 2012

2013 No Fee Highlights Fiction Contest

This July Illustration, titled Blue Moon was sent in by freelance illustrator and painter Elissa Parente. She is based in Hamilton, On. Canada and just graduated in April 2011 from the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan Institute. See more:



Stories for beginning readers in 500 words or fewer. We welcome stories of any genre (mystery, historical fiction, sports, humor, holiday, friendship, etc.) as long as the stories are intended for kids ages 6–8.


Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for any Highlights Foundation Founders Workshop. (For a complete list of workshops, visit


All entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2013.


No entry form or fee is required.

Entrants must be at least 16 years old at the time of submission.

We welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

Stories may be any length up to 500 words. Indicate the word count in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

Include your name and the title of your story on your manuscript.

No crime, violence, or derogatory humor.

Entries not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be returned.

Manuscripts or envelopes should be clearly marked FICTION CONTEST. Those not marked in this way will be considered as regular submissions to Highlights.


Highlights for Children
803 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431


The three winning entries will be purchased by Highlights and announced on in June 2013. All other submissions will be considered for purchase by Highlights.

You have lots of time to work on this one, so put your thinking caps on and write, revise and polish.  Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Cool, thanks for the info!


  2. Great information. Thanks! I’m going to share it with all the writers I know.


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