The young & free Short Story Contest for Kids!

The young & free Short Story Contest for Kids!

Our young & free press team is very excited to announce our first-ever Short Story Contest for Kids! Maddie King, one of our teenage journalists, and Andrew Gunn, our owner and editor, will read the stories and serve as judges. Here are the details about the contest and the prizes:

  1. The contest is open to all kids who live or attend school in St. Thomas, and there are two age groups: Kindergarten to Grade Four, and Grade Five to Grade Eight;

  2. Short stories will be accepted by email only. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019. Please send the stories to andrew@youngandfreepress.ca and make sure to include the name of the young writer, plus the home address or alternatively the name of the school that the student attends (we require the address or name of the school just to confirm that all the entrants live or attend school in St. Thomas);

  3. The theme is wide open … whatever the kids want to write, Maddie and Andrew want to read! If the young writer would like a theme, though, perhaps suggest writing a story set in ‘St. Thomas 100 Years from Now’;

  4. Please keep the submissions to ten pages or less, and the young authors should feel free to include illustrations. The story can come in any form, from prose to a comic book or graphic novel format – we just want the kids to have fun with the process;

  5. Maddie and Andrew will announce the three finalists in each age group on or before March 31, 2019, and will contact all the finalists by email;

  6. There are prizes for the finalists! In each age group, the winner will receive a prize valued at $100 and the two finalists will receive prizes valued at $50 … follow along on our Instagram page as we reveal the prizes in the coming weeks!

If you have any questions, please just send us an email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible!

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