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2017 Short Story Contest

Short Story Contest

Short stories are the perfect summer writing project! Longer than a poem but not quite a novel, short stories get right to the heart of the action. If you’ve got a great character or scene running around in your head, now is the time to get them out on paper.

Please keep short stories to 4000 words or less. If too long, excerpts will be posted.

Note: You must be a member of the Booked site in order to submit contest entries. Not a member? Sign up!

Enter your Short Story here!

2016 Contest Rules


An "entry" is a photograph, photograph of artwork, book review, short story, poem, or photograph of book spine poetry submitted online to Booked.

Teen Summer Reading Club contests and prizes are open to youth in grades 7-12 only. Teens who are entering grade 7 in Fall 2016 or who have graduated grade 12 in June 2016 are welcome to participate.
Children aged 12 and under are welcome to participate in our TD Summer Reading Club and programs.

All contest entries must be new to the Booked site and must be your own creative work. Any duplicate entries submitted to the site will be deleted.

Inappropriate content will not be posted. All submissions must follow Winnipeg Public Library's Social Software Guidelines.

Photograph entries must not include any faces.

Winnipeg Public Library may excerpt or re-format entries before publishing them on Booked.

Submissions will be judged based on quality and creativity. A winner in each contest category will be selected after August 23. Winners will be notified by e-mail.

Participants may submit one entry per day, per category. If multiple entries are submitted in one day, only the first entry of the day will be posted. All other submissions from that day will not be posted and will not be eligible for the contest.

All teens in grades 7-12 may enter; however, staff of Winnipeg Public Library are not eligible to win prizes.

Active participants (those who either A) participated in any of the weekly trivia, B) entered any of the 6 summer-long contests or C) completed the end-of-summer survey) will be entered into a final, random draw for the Grand Prize after August 28. Participants will be allotted a maximum of: one ballot per contest category entered, one ballot per weekly trivia contest entered and one ballot for completing the end-of-summer survey.

Prize winners must be able to pick up their prize at one of Winnipeg Public Library's 20 branches or 4 mobile sites (during the time of a scheduled mobile library visit).