It's All Write: Short Story Contest for Teens

It's All Write: Short Story Contest for Teens

Congratulations to this year's winners!

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It's All Write is sponsored by the James Horton for the Arts Trust Fund and the Loudoun Library Foundation.


High School Winners

First Place
This Never Happened to George and June by Claudia Hunn

Second Place
Grocery Trip by Leah Hearne

Third Place
Δ by Alexandra Blake

Jellyfish Musings by Evie Holmberg
Poundcake by Margaret Chang

Honorable Mentions
Burdened with Knowledge, Burdened with Time by Annie Sun
Canvases by Ayah Ali
Hurricane by Srikriti Bulusu
Taken from the Rib (A Modern Day Eve)
by Salonee Verma
The Thief and the Liar by Olivia DeWan

Middle School Winners

First Place
Home by Lucy Panning

Second Place
The Super Crab by Anika Dureja

Third Place
The Monster in the Mirror by Ellie Xu

Blu Stiltonious by Keely McAtee
The Crows by Jennifer Ku

Honorable Mentions
An Empty Mattress by Moss Nicklas
Happily Ever After by Akshara Gaddam
Skylark's Wish by CadiGeiger
Trial by Fire by Wyatt Steel
The Balloon by Catalina Nemes


Please follow directions carefully. Incorrect submissions may be disqualified. Questions? Email

Submission requirements

  • Accepted works include: Fiction, narrative nonfiction, stories-in-verse
  • Unaccepted works include: Poetry anthologies, fanfiction
  • Submission deadline: March 1
  • Format requirements: Microsoft Word-readable document or PDF
  • Length: 2,500 words or less
  • Spacing: Double
  • Margins: 1-inch
  • Font: Arial, 12 point
  • Document name:
    Your school level (MIDDLE or HIGH) followed by the story title
    Example: HIGH The End of the Road.doc
    DO NOT include your name in the file name.

Title page format

  • Title of story
  • Middle or High School

The End of the Road
High School

Last page format

  • Title
  • Middle or High School
  • Name
  • Grade, School Name
  • City, State
  • Phone Number(s)
  • Email
  • Word Count

The End of the Road
High School
Jane Doe
Grade 11, East Loudoun High School
Ashling, VA 
222-222-2222 (home)
333-333-3333 (cell)
Word Count: 2,403