National Teen Storyteller Writing Contest

Submissions accepted through October 25


Creative writers between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to submit a flash fiction story (300-1,000 words) for our next Teen Storyteller Writing Contest. The theme is horror fiction. Shock us with your most terrifying tales of ghosts, haunted houses, and monsters! First, second, and third place winners will be announced on Friday, October 30.

We are thrilled to bring back the Decameron Project as a contest partner. The student-run NYC-based nonprofit aims to empower students to express themselves creatively and share their stories amidst school closures and other hardships posed by COVID-19.


The three winning stories will be published on the Center for Fiction and Decameron Project’s websites.

  • First-place winner will receive a Center for Fiction tote bag and a $100 bookstore gift certificate
  • Second-place winner will receive a Center for Fiction tote bag and a $50 bookstore gift certificate
  • Third-place winner will receive a Center for Fiction tote bag and $25 bookstore gift certificate 

Final decisions regarding winners and finalists will be made by the Center for Fiction staff.

Rules and Eligibility

  • Submissions accepted between October 1 and October 25
  • One submission per storyteller
  • Storytellers must be between the ages of 14 and 18 at the time of submission
  • Stories must be between 300 and 1,000 words (the title is not included in word count)
  • At this time we can only consider stories written in English

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