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Short Story Contests for Kids & Young Adults

Our 2018 Short Story Contests from Flying Ketchup also include our children's and YA editions. Check out the titles which will officially hit the shelves next year. Find your next great reading adventure with Flying Ketchup Press.



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.


Peyton Patterson

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.