International Short Story Writing Contest for School Children

At this time, kindly be informed that there is no ongoing short story writing contest available for participation. Following are the story contest rules followed for the past contests.

Story Contest Results: 2020 #2 | 2020 #1 | 2019 #2 | 2019 #1 | 2018 #2 | 2018 #1 | 2017 #2 | 2017 #1 | 2016 #2 | 2016 #1

Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to young people all over the world.
  • There are 2 modes of entry for the contest:
    1) Participants can opt for Free Entry: Winners will receive the certificate and publication on the website.
    2) Entry (publication) Fee of $10: Winners will be eligible for a cash prize along with the certificate and publication. Payment links will be sent by email for these entries.
  • The prizes for all categories are as follows:
    First prize: US$100, certificate, and publication on the website
    Second prize: US$75, certificate, and publication on the website
    Third prize: US$50, certificate, and publication on the website
  • All winning and highly commended stories will be published on our website
  • The story has to be written in English.
  • The theme of the short story is your choice.
  • Drawings, photos, or any other graphics are not allowed.
  • Only one entry is accepted per person.
  • The contest will be in three categories:
    a. Sub-junior (7-9 years)
    b. Junior (10-12 years)
    c. Senior (13-16 years)
  • The minimum required length of the story is as follows:
    a. Sub-junior – 300 words
    b. Junior – 500 words
    c. Senior - 700 words
  • The upper limit can only be upto 1000 words in all categories.
  • Proof of age is required (scan or take a photo of your birth certificate/identity card/certificate from school/health record/school record).
  • Mention the following information below your story:
    a. Full name
    b. Date of birth
    c. Category entered
    d. Modes of entry (Free entry / With entry fee)
    e. Title of your story
    f. Email address (optional) - parent's/teacher's email address can be used here if necessary
    g. School name
    h. Country
  • Any entry that is not accompanied by proof of age will be automatically disqualified.
  • The story should be the original, unpublished contribution of the person who is participating in the competition. Any story that is fully or partially copied from any other source will not be accepted. Each entry will be subjected to a complete plagiarism check.
  • Type your story using Microsoft Word, and use Times New Roman or Arial 12 point regular font. You may use italics or bold for effect, but do not use them frequently.
  • There will be three winners in each category.
  • All winning and highly commended stories may not be published elsewhere without permission from KidsWorldFun.
  • Judges’ decision will be final.
  • Stories will be judged on the basis of content, language and style of writing.
  • Contact us at for any queries.

If you would like to learn about the different components of a short story, please read elements of a short story.

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