Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest 2013
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Writing Contest Opens: January 1, 2013
Deadline: Postmarked by June 30, 2013
The competition does not open until January 1, 2013.
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Top 10 finalists in each Category Announced: September 20, 2013

Winners Announced LIVE at Junior Authors Writers Conference


Category I Ages 18 - 21
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Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website and be eligible for paid writing opportunities with Laura Thomas Communications. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below. *You can be no more than 21 years old as of June 30, 2013.


Category 2 Ages 15 - 17

Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website and be eligible for paid writing opportunities with Laura Thomas Communications. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.


Category 3 Ages 12 - 14

Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.


Category 4 Ages 9 - 11

Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.



“Thank you so much to Laura and the other judges. This was an incredible opportunity for me to show someone other than my teachers, parents and friends my writing because they will always support me and tell me my writing is good. This is my first time entering a writing contest. Placing second is a truly amazing and I will probably enter your contest again next year!”
     -  Aziba Rehman, age 11, second place winner


“I just want to say thank you for this opportunity. I am very excited about placing 3rd. This is my first time entering this competition. I am thankful for winning a prize. I have 2 writing projects. One is for Remembrance Day and the other is the 2013 Junior Authors Short Story Competition.”
     - Brody Butts, age 12, third place winner



Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest Rules

  1. Contest open to any student between 9 and 21 years old as of June 30, 2013. Proof of age may be required.
  2. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from any country are welcome.
  3. Your story can be about anything you like. Be creative and have fun.
  4. Your story must be in English.
  5. Maximum length is 1000 words.
  6. No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 pt.
  7. Make sure your name and the title of your story are on the first page of your story.
  8. Complete the online entry form. This will be available on January 1st. No entries will be accepted early.
  9. Pay the optional FEEDBACK fee.*
  10. One story per student.

*New FEEDBACK OPTION for 2013. For a small fee paid when your story is submitted, you will receive a feedback package after the contest winners are announced. The package will contain your score broken down into the four criteria (unity, style, description and story structure), along with some suggestions from Laura about how to improve the story. Stories may be worked on and resubmitted in 2014. You will be able to sign up and pay for this service on the online entry form.

For contest information please contact Laura by posting a comment here.

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