To help us gear up for our 8th Annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (#YANovCon) coming up on Saturday, February 11, 2023, we’re holding a Short Story Writing Contest for teens! If you enjoy writing, enter your short story for a chance to win a prize. Submissions will be accepted through February 25. This year we are asking you to create a short story based on the theme of "Family and Chosen Family."
Here are the Short Story Guidelines:
- Open to 6th-12th graders who reside in San Mateo County
- Submit your own original work of 500 words or less
- Stories can be realistic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, dystopian, or whatever you come up with
- All submissions are due by Saturday, February 25, opens a new window
Winners will receive prizes:
- 1st Place Prize: Book bundle and journal
- 2nd Place Prize: Book bundle
- 3rd Place Prize: journal
To prepare for this event and inspire your own writing, check out this curated list of books, opens a new window to see if they’re available at your local library or take advantage of our various online resources, such as Hoopla and Libby, opens a new window, to access eBooks and audiobooks by the participating authors. You can also read last year’s winning story, Mirror-Warped by Simon C.
This year, YANovCon will be held at the new Burlingame Community Center located at 850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA. Join us at this amazing, free annual event. You don’t want to miss out on this year’s fantastic group of authors geared for middle and high school students. Bill Konigsberg will be our special keynote speaker!
Don’t forget to RSVP, opens a new window for this wonderful event and spread the word. See you there!