Young Adult Stories  February 12, 2011 - April 1, 2011

Contest Completed


WINNER - Pretty Vacant
2nd Place - Glitter
3rd Place - [writing deleted]
4th Place - [writing deleted]
Honorable Mention - How to Outlive Your Opponent
Honorable Mention - [writing deleted]
Honorable Mention - [writing deleted]


Adolescence is an important time for everyone, a time for both happiness and grief, success and failure. YA fiction is an important type of writing encompassing all genres, read not only by teenagers but adults as well. Good YA is on par with, and sometimes better than, good adult fiction. Feel free to enter fantasy YA, horror YA, dystopian, science fiction, et cetera. Just anything YA.

**If your story does not have a teenage protagonist, I will not consider it as YA.** Just because a story has a random teenager in it does not automatically make it YA.

For this contest I will only accept short stories, so please no epics. I'm in my last year of high school and don't have the time to read them. **Each entry must be complete in itself, not a continuation of other entries.** I'll leave the genre open since some writers don't categorize their writing under the Teen & Young Adult section. I'll be looking for a good understanding of spelling and grammar as well as a gripping story. Minor typos will not ruin your chances as long as the story isn't riddled with errors, so please do your best to make your work as polished as you can.

I'll leave the placing up to a vote so contestants are not too disadvantaged by my strange reading tastes. Good luck!

PS: Okay, I've gotten a number of submissions where punctuation in particular has been badly used, especially with dialogue. I've collected a few links to grammar help here:

Please read and check your story before submitting.


$00.00, Pixel ribbons and CONFIDENCE (hopefully)


Ann Elise Monte
Ann Elise Monte
Fantasyland, beside a mass grave of dead story ideas, Australia


30 Contestants
62 Submissions
Created Feb 12, 2011