Writing Project for Schools & Students
Short Story = A brief exploration of a subject in prose expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.
Schools may submit students’ short stories online to the foundation before or by March 1, 2020. Students should be 12-18 yrs. old.
- Only one short story written per contestant should be submitted on or before March 1, 2020.
- Submissions must be made to the school’s designated judge.
- The top of each page must include the contestant’s name, page number, and story title.
- The Short Story should have a single storyline, no subplots, no more than three or four characters and a short time scale.
- The story must be double spaced and between 1000 and 1500 words.
Schools serving students ages 12-18 may register to participate using the form below during the Fall 2019 semester.
- Each school must provide a contact person and their e-mail.
- The 1st place winner’s short story must be written in English or be translated into English in order to be published in the American Diversity Report
- The 1st place winner’s story must be submitted online by May 1, 2020. Directions will be provided to the contact person.
- The names of the 2nd and 3rd place winners and the titles of their stories will also be mentioned in the American Diversity Report.
- A minimum of one judge per school is required. The judge may be a teacher, administrator, or published author in the community.
- We suggest that our Short Story Writing Guide be used to assist students in their writing.
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Judges will use the following criteria and report the students with the highest totals of points (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) by May 1, 2020.
General Merit (25 pts)
- Ideas (single storyline, no subplots, 3-4 characters, short time scale)
- Organization (consistent writing style, consistent mood, tone and space)
- Wording (appropriate language, brief descriptions)
Mechanics (25 pts)
- Word usage
Overall Effect (50 pts)
- Minimum background
- concise dialogue
- no lengthy preamble
- no contrived ending
Judges report 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners
Awards courtesy of English with Mary Moore LLC