Short Story Contests for Kids & Young Adults



Deadline June 1st-- Winners are in! Announced on our blog. 

Do you ever feel like you're running out of room? Do you just need a little more space, a place to spread your wings? Well.. just write over it.  Write all over it. Whether prose or poetry, share your short story with us. This is a collection of teen stories for teens-- ages 12 to 17 are encouraged to enter with parent or guardian permission.   

Winners of our story contest will receive a free copy of the book with publication. Winning stories will also be featured in both softcover and eBook editions titled, "Write Over it!" This book includes a page bio from every teen author and their goals for the future and their question to the world.

Guidelines for each Entry: Include a summary of your story and a few lines of biography with your age, grade, education, and experience with writing (including a date this piece was written and a short summary of the story.) Include a quote about one question you have for the world. All work must be original.

How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories and will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as character, conflict, setting, dialogue, and creativity. Poetry is selected for voice and use of poetic devices like metaphor, alliteration, and zeugma.

Rating: This book will be a selection of stories rated YA for Young Adult audience level content.

Length: Looking for over 1,500 words and no longer than 8,000 words per story, but we are flexible.

How many stories can I submit? You may submit up to three pieces per entry: short story, art or poetry


Deadline extended July 1st, 2020

Tales from Castle Keep is for our young writers who love to dive deep into your creative short stories: This is for you if you love to write about kings, knights, and the wonders of the medieval world past, present or future. We are looking for those who love telling a good story. We are searching for the best Fantasy and Sci-fi Stories that take place in weird wild new worlds or have a new take on an original form. Is your story full of surprises, twists, adventures, mysteries, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press.
Genres We are open to surprises. This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.
Winners of our story contest will receive publication, Each winning story will be featured including a page about each child and their goals for the future. The final collection for 2021 will be available for purchase online in softcover and ebook.
Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by a teacher, parent or guardian. Grades 1 to 8 are equivalent are welcome to submit. Include a short bio about the student and what would they chose if they have just one magical wish?
Rating: This book will be a selection of stories for kids by kids
How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity and craftsmanship.
Length: Looking for 150 to 6,000 words but we are flexible.
How many stories can I submit? You may submit 3 stories per entry.


Edited by Polly McCann

Tales from the Wish Zone is a collection of stories for kids by kids from age 7 all the way to 8th grade. This collection features winning stories from our annual contest which includes children from across the globe writing in English. These adventures boast all the greats: elves, dragons, detectives, and school principals along with young heroes who not only share their creative writing with you, they share their “Wish for the World.” Read work by the next gen and catch their vision for the future.
Included are 9 writers prompts for young writers and a place for them to make their wish and write their story.

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