The rewards are publication, cash prizes, winners’ certificates, and valuable training in disciplined writing.

 If you like writing for children and contests, read on...


Writing to an editor’s specifications is the first hurdle that any writer must clear on the track to publication.

Yet we hear repeatedly from editors that the majority of manuscripts they receive do not match their guidelines and specifications.

That’s a huge waste of time and energy for both writers and editors.

Writing contests also have exact specifications, and that’s why we encourage all writers to enter contests as often as they can. Contests are excellent professional training experiences. 

Get published and read by others 

      A winning entry can get you published, and often some healthy prize money too.

      The winning stories in this Young Adult Fiction Contest will be published in the October eNews newsletter.

      In addition, we will publish the winning entries our website.

Win one of five cash prizes

      The contest offers five cash prizes: $500 for the winner, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places. These alone are a lot of good reasons to write and enter.

     To enter our Young Adult Fiction Contest, submit a short original fiction story for teens, 12 to 19, with a protagonist facing and overcoming a realistic problem. 

      The setting may be contemporary, historical, or fantastic. Judges will look for a clearly identified problem, a well-structured short story plot, and a relatable lead teenage character. Be sure to reflect teen interests and voice. Originality is important and publishability is the ultimate criterion.

Entries must be received by August 15, 2014

     Entries must be received by August 15, 2014. All entries pay a reading fee of $15, which includes a six-month subscription to Children’s Book Insider newsletter and a six-month membership in the writer’s community CBI Clubhouse. Winners will be announced in the October eNews newsletter. Prizes: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.


     The contest rules are important. Please read them carefully.


     Note the deadline of August 15th! Be sure to get your entry in on time.


     Now warm up your computer and write a $500-winning young adult fiction story!

Obtain Official Entry Form or make online submission
You may submit your entry either online or by regular mail.

If you choose to enter online, you'll need to first save your manuscript to a file on your computer and submit it through our safe and secure entry page. Please make sure to submit your entry and reading fee at the same time.

Your online entry is encouraged. Please click here to continue to the submission page.

You will be directed to the section requiring the pre-payment of a $15 reading fee.

For Mail-in Entries:
To submit manuscript entries through the mail, please click here to obtain an entry form.


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