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New! Teen Short Story Contest!

 photo by anne mazer


For ages 13 - 16 

Rules: Your story can be any length, but no longer than 1,000 words. You must be 13-16 years old to enter and live in the US or Canada. Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter will read and judge all entries. One story per person only, please. 


1st Prize $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble

2nd Prize $15 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble

3rd Prize $10 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble

All winning stories will be published on the Spilling Ink Creativity Blog. Honorable Mentions will be published, as well.

Deadline: March 9, 2015

How to Enter: Paste your story into the email message section of the contact page. http://www.spillinginkthebook.com/contact/ Write "Story Contest" in the subject line. Remember to include your name, age, and story title, and a working email address.  

Send us your best stories! We can't wait to read them! -- Anne and Ellen

Reader Comments (56)

Yay!!! I'm so excited! I'm definitely entering this. Thanks so much! Can you enter if you've already won another contest on here?
November 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrapunzelwriter
Yes, "rapunzelwriter," you can enter if you've already won another contest. And tell all your writing friends, too! -- Anne
November 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
Awesome. Thanks! :)
November 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrapunzelwriter
Can they be about anything?
November 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChlorr
yes, Chlorr, your choice! have fun!! -- Anne
November 21, 2014 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
Can I still enter if I will be turning 17 before march 9th?
November 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersilvertounge
Hi Silvertounge, Tricky question! You don't say when your birthday is. If it's a few weeks before the deadline, just submit your story early while you're still 16. Then you won't be breaking any rules! :-) I hope this answer is helpful. -- Anne
November 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
Thanks, I'll be Turing 17 in January, so I better get writing! :)
November 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersilvertounge
Is it OK if it's a little over 1,000 words?
December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy Star
Can u send it in earlier than March 9th so u don't forget.Even if ur 12 and u turn 13 on March 5th.Because i know I'll. Get it done earlier than March 9th.
December 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter<3 boiks
Daisy Star, Please try to keep it to 1000 words. If it's five or ten words over, we won't disqualify it, but I bet if you go through it carefully, you can make small edits that will eliminate words and make your story stronger. I've done it many, many times myself!!

And yes, you can send in your story as early as you want!!! No penalties for being an early bird!! We've already started receiving entries.

-- Anne
December 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
Can we submit a story that we have written in the past?
December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterM
Yes, M, submit your best story of 1000 words or under. It doesn't matter when it was written, as long as you follow the other rules of the contest. And good luck!! -- Anne
December 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
Wow this sounds awesome! Can't believe I stumbled upon this, I am definitely entering. I love the picture too! Is that Eilean Donan in Scotland?
December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEstherS
By the way, my first novel is for sale for those who want it!
December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGabriella
I think that I might enter. What kind of story, though?
How are you judging the contest? Is it okay if the story is really sad?
December 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMC
Hi MC, Send us your best story of 1000 words or under. If you scroll down on our blog, you'll see previous winners. We love good stories of all kinds! Write the one you really want to write. We hope you enter! -- Anne
December 22, 2014 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
I was wondering if I could send you my short story as an attchment in an email. Just wondering, because it's easier to type it onto a document and add my own little personalizations.....
No worries, if this is not possivble :)
December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMei
Like if I typed it on Microsoft word and sent it to you with the email
December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMei
Hi Mei, You can copy your document right into the body of the email. I've done it many times. We want to read your story, so please don't send it as an attachment. -- Anne
December 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
Hi, I sent my story entry to you ( I think I sent it to Ellen) .
I just wanted to confirm that you got it!
~ Thanks!
December 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy
Did you get my story?
January 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy
Hi Anne and Ellen! I have a story I REALLY want to turn in, but it's over two thousand words! Could you give me advice on how to condense it?
January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
HI Maddy, We don't send email (or other) confirmations that a story has been received. Our mail system works pretty well, though. Looking forward to reading your story & the others!
January 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen
Ashley - You can take a look at your story and see if you can shorten it. If you can't do it without ruining the story, our advice is to submit something else!
January 8, 2015 | Registered CommenterAnne & Ellen

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