Booksie 2017-2018 Young Writer Short Story Contest

Booksie 2017-2018 Young Writer Short Story Contest

For writers between 13-18. Validation required. Over $400 in prizes.

Please note: You must be between 13-18 years of age to enter this contest and you must have verification from your English teacher that you are a student.

Hello, Booksie world! We're excited to announce our biggest competition yet, the Booksie 2017-2018 short story competition. This year, we've broken Young Writers (13-18) out into their own sub-category. We're looking for most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Young Writer Short Story Award, which comes with a cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one month of free Boosts. We also have awards for the runner-ups.

Special Category for Middle and High School Students

This year, to make the contest a bit more fair for our younger members, we’ve created two categories. One for middle school and high school students, and one for everyone else.

If you’re a middle school or high school student between the ages of 13-18, this is the page for you. If you are a teacher, please feel free to share this with your class and integrate it into your teaching curricula.  
All Genres and Themes

The contest is open to all genres and themes. You can enter a previously posted story on Booksie or post a new one and enter it. 


Entry is free to qualifying high school and middle school writers. To be a qualifying writer, you must ask your English teacher to send an email from their school email account to contact(at) with the following information:

  • Penname of student on Booksie
  • Email address of student on Booksie
  • Short note from the teacher certifying that this person is a middle school or high school student.

If you do not take English, then a note from another teacher at your school. Home schooled students can have a note sent from  their parent certifying the writer is between the ages of 13-18. Winners who do not have a note from their English teacher may be required to certify their ages via a birth certificate or some other form of official identification.


The judging will be done in rounds.

Finalist round: We will select six finalists. Five finalists will be chosen by the editorial team. One finalist will be chosen by readers as the work with the highest number of total reads will be selected. The names of the six finalists will be announced approximately four weeks after the contest has closed.

Winner round: One grand prize winner and two runner-ups will be chosen by the Booksie Editorial team from the six finalists approximately one week after the Finalist Round is announced.



Grand prize winner. 

  • $300 cash award
  • Gold winner badge
  • One free month of Boosts for their winning story (Boosting features the story in front of Booksie’s million of monthly readers).

Two runner-ups.

  • $75 cash award
  • Silver winner badge
  • One week of Boosts for the winning entry (Boosting features the story in front of Booksie’s million of monthly readers).
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Cost: Free Entry

Start: September 11, 2017

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Prize: Grand prize: $300 cash, one free month of boosts for their winning story, and a gold contest badge Runner-ups: $75 cash, one free week of boosts for the winning story, and a silver contest badge

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