7th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Competition

Laura Thomas Communications is hosting another short story competition for young writers. Here are some of the details:

  • Opens February 1, 2014
  • Deadline June 30, 2014
  • Finalists Announced September 20, 2014
  • Winners Announced Live October 18, 2014 at the Junior Authors Writers Conference in Vancouver, Canada
  • Please read the rules and follow them carefully. If there is a tie for a prize, the winner will be the writer who did a better job following the rules.
  • Contest closes at midnight on June 30, 2014 (Pacific Standard Time)
  • FREE to enter  
  • Details about the feedback option for the 2014 contest will be announced when the contest opens.
  • One story per person.
  • Story must be in English.
  • Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of June 30, 2014. Proof of age may be required.
  • It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome.
  • Your story can be about anything you like. Be creative and have fun. We don’t judge on the subject of your story, just on how well you write it. But remember that it will be judged according to the criteria for a short story. This is not a contest for scripts, poems, essays or other genres of writing.  
  • Maximum length: 1,000 words.
  • No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 pt.


Go here for full information: Laura Thomas Short Story Competition


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VWF Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest

A competition by the prestigious Vancouver Writers' Festival is now open:

What's your story? Grab a pen and get writing, if the Vancouver Writers' Festival judges like what they read you could win a cash prize and have your work published in a magazine that showcases aspiring young writers.

The Rewards
Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in poetry and fiction:

1st prize in each category: $300

2nd prize in each category: $200

Prize winners will be published in The Claremont Review and on the Festival website.

The Rules


  • The contest is open to all young writers enrolled in Grades 8-12 in British Columbia.
  • Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category:
  • Poetry (any style): 500 word limit
  • Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit
  • Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you have uploaded or in the file name.
  • There is a $5 entry fee for each story or poem you submit, payable online through PayPal.
  • We will accept entries in MS Word Document or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing.
  • Winners will be selected by a panel of publishing and writing professionals.
  • Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5:00pm October 27, 2013.


Click here to enter!