School's out! Now what?
What kid can't wait until the school day is over? Now's your chance to tell the story about what happens after school.
Write a short story including an after school activity. It could be band practice, a team sport, chess club, helping out at a community food bank, or anything a kid might be involved in after school.
Use your imagination to craft a short story that's suitable for publication in a magazine aimed at 6-9 year olds. Research magazines to get a feel for the types of short stories that work.
Short stories should be previously unpublished works and between 350-500 words.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
$1,300 Cash Prizes
All entrants are invited to a FREE instructional online workshop with our esteemed judge and the Director of the Institute of Children's Literature and Institute for Writers.
Winning entries will be workshopped by our judge to help writers understand what worked and what could be improved to make it submission-ready.
Submissions will be judged on clarity, originality, completeness of the story, potential in the magazine market, appropriateness for the age range, and your ability to match standard manuscript format (double spacing, clear contact information, no creative use of fonts).
The winning entries in this After School Short Story Contest will be announced at a live online workshop within 90 days after the contest closes. All contest entrants will be notified of the event details by email and be invited free of charge. (Non-entrants may attend for a nominal fee of $7.)
This is a great opportunity to build your writing and submitting skills!
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