Young Writers’ Contest

Do you love writing?

Spencertown Academy wants YOUR stories and essays!

The stories submitted for the contest last year were fantastic (See winners here)! This year, in addition to the Short Story category, we’re adding a NEW category for best Nonfiction Essay or Memoir.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 writers in each category

  • First prize: $200, Second prize: $150, Third prize: $100
  • Prize winning writers will have the chance to read from their work at the Festival of Books if they wish, or to request a Festival volunteer read for them.
  • Special award to the English teachers of the first prize winner in each category

Guidelines

  • Eligible students will currently be in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12.
  • Attending school or homeschooled in, or resident of, Columbia or Berkshire counties
  • Submissions are due by Monday, May 1, 2017

Fiction Short Story

  • Story subject can be about anything you want to write about in story form.
  • Length – 4,000 words maximum
  • Format: 12-point type, double-spaced, with 1” margins on standard 8 ½” x 11” page
  • Entries must not have previously been accepted for publication nor have won a prize.

Nonfiction Essay or Memoir

  • Essay or memoir can be about anything from your personal life experience.
  • Length- 4,000 words maximum
  • Format: 12-point type, double-spaced, with 1” margins on standard 8 ½” x 11” page
  • Entries must not have previously been accepted for publication nor have won a prize.

Send your entry to gro.y1493436423medac1493436423anwot1493436423recne1493436423ps@yr1493436423ots1493436423.

Please include the following with your submission:

  • Name and address
  • Age
  • School you are attending (or tell us if you’re homeschooled)
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