Submit Your Story to the 6th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest


Open to Young Writers
Ages 9 to 21 from any Country

Deadline: June 30, 2013

Finalists Announced:
September 20, 2013

Winners Announced LIVE at the Junior Authors Writers Conference on October 19, 2013 (You do NOT have to be at the conference if you win. You will be contacted by email or phone and will get your prize.)


Category 1 — Ages 18 – 21*
*You can be no more than 21 years old as of June 30, 2013.

Category 2 — Ages 15 – 17

Category 3 — Ages 12 – 14

Category 4 — Ages 9 – 11

The first place winning entry in each category will be published on the Junior Authors Contest website and the author of that entry will receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Thomas. The top six writers in each age category will receive Amazon Gift Cards in the following amounts:

1st place – $100
2nd place – $25
3rd place – $25
4th place – $25
5th place – $25
6th place – $25

For complete rules, go to the Contest website.

(Do you need some pointers and tips on writing so that you can be inspired to write? Check this page for Jim Denney’s Advice for Young Writers. If you’re a teen writer, here are some resources to help you get started: Websites and Resources for Teen Writers.

So, young author, start stretching your imagination—and start writing!

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  1. M. Saint-Germain

     /  May 11, 2013

    Reblogged this on Random Writing Rants.

  2. Hi Jim — I’m not sure how I “reblogged” this, but I tried. It didn’t post to my blog but maybe it went to FB? This is a new “feature” I’ve not heard of before. I like it. Is this your contest? I will let my teen writers know about it. I’m speaking about HOW TO WRITE FAST Monday evening so you’re ears might be ringing around 6:30 pm. I added a few things about how to overcome different “types” of writer’s block. I’ll have to share them with you soon. (For your book.) Happy Mother’s Day! Michelle

  3. No, it’s not my contest. I “met” Laura Thomas, a Canadian writer and writing mentor, on Twitter. The contest is connected with a young authors’ writing conference in British Columbia. I like to encourage young writers any way I can.

    Glad to hear about your talk on Monday. I’m well along with the new ebook on writing fast, and I’m discovering and adding new stories and quotes about writing. I just learned the fascinating story about how RLS wrote the first draft of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in three days. Wow! I’m also expanding the ebook content by adding some additional insights about “writing in the zone.” Again, thanks for your encouragement to write this book. I’m planning to make it the first of a series of “quick-start” books on writing.

    Eager to hear your writer’s block thoughts. Yes, the old block does come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and results from an array of causes. I have never written much about the root causes of writer’s block, only the solutions.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! And wishing you joy throughout the year, Michelle. God bless you.

    —Jim D.

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