Qualifying 2018 submissions are currently in judging. Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions,  we cannot give an exact date of when judging will be finalized, but we are confident we will be able to announce the winners by mid-April. We appreciate your patience and look forward to celebrating with the winners soon!

Tell Us Your Story!

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Romance, Growing Up, On the Road, On a Mission, Mystery, Mystical, Mischevious. Whatever your story is, we want to read it! Submit it to the 2018 Young Writers Short Fiction Contest!


Can I Enter? All elementary, middle, and high school students in Lane County, Oregon are eligible, whether they attend public, private, or home school.
TEACHERS: Click here for a handy flier to share with your students! Check out our Story Sparks to inspire your students!

Why Should I Enter? To tell your story! And to win amazing prizes. There will be awards for the top 3 stories in each level–elementary, middle, and high school. The winning stories will also be published in our 2018 anthology.
Want to see some of the entries imagined as book covers? Check them out below and be inspired!

How Do I Enter? First, write a story! What you write is limited only by your imagination. You can take us to the moon or to the center of the Earth. We can travel with you to ancient times or a future yet to be. Above all, have fun! But please make sure that your story is…
  • fiction.
  • a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 3000 words.
  • original, entirely your work, and previously unpublished.
  • typed and double-spaced, and saved as a Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF. (Elementary submissions may be hand-written, scanned/photographed, and submitted as a .pdf, .jpg, .tif, or .png)
  • submit up to three stories

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!