Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 23, 2012

YA Short Story Contest


The rewards are publication in Children’s Writer, cash prizes, winners’ certificates, and valuable
training in disciplined writing.

If you like writing for children and contests, read on . . .

We constantly hear from editors that the vast majority of the manuscripts they receive are rejected because they were not written to the editor’s specifications. Few editors will consider a story or article that does not meet their specs—precisely.

Writing contests also have exact specifications. That’s why we encourage writers—all writers, new ones and old pros too—to enter contests. They’re excellent professional training experiences and, if you win, they can get you published and pay healthy prize money.

The winners in this contest will be published in Childrens Writer, the monthly newsletter that goes to almost 1,300 children’s book and magazine editors in North America. Along with the winning entry, we’ll publish an article about the top-ranked entries and their authors. There are also cash prizes. The cash prizes alone are a lot of good reasons to write a piece and enter.

Current Contest: YA Short StoryA short story for teens, 13-14, in any subgenre, including speculative fiction, issue-based, contemporary, historical, adventure, humor, etc. The story should be no longer than 1,500 words. Entries will be judged on its page-turning qualities, targeting of teen interests, voice, and character. It should be well-structured, have a strong opening, and a resonant theme. The judges value originality, and the final criterion is publishability.

Entries must be received by October 31, 2012. The first contest entry is free to Children’s Writer subscribers who include their account number on page one of their manuscript. All others pay an entry fee of $15, which includes an 8-month subscription. Winners will be announced in the March 2013 issue. Prizes: $500 for first place plus publication in Children’s Writer, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.

The contest rules are important. Please read them carefully.

Note the deadline! Be sure to get your entry in on time.

Now warm up your computer and write a $500-winning YA Short Story!

Obtain Official Entry Form or make online submission You may submit your entry either online, using our safe and secure entry page, or by regular mail. If you choose to submit online, you’ll need to complete your manuscript and save it to a file on your computer.

If you need to pay a reading fee you will be directed to the payment section first.

Children’s Writer Subscribers (online submission): There is no charge for your first manuscript entry if you are a current subscriber to Children’s Writer. Additional entries require a reading fee of $15. To submit a free entry online, you will need your Children’s Writer account number, which is located in our email to you or on your Children’s Writer mailing label in the name/address block. For subscribers who are also Institute of Children’s Literature students, it is the same as your student number. Please Click Here to continue. 

You will be directed to the Free Entry section.

Non-subscribers (online submission): If you do not subscribe to Children’s Writer, your online entry is welcome. Please click here to continue.

You will be directed to the section requiring the payment of a $15 reading fee.

For Mail-in Entries: To submit manuscript entries through the mail, please click here to obtain an entry form.

Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,


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