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Short Story Contest


Short Story Contest


The Plainfield Public Library

is proud to announce the annual

Short Story Contest

for Grades 4-6


2020 Rules and Guidelines




These are the rules you must follow:

  1. The writing contest is open to anyone in 4th, 5th or 6th grade and begins on December 16, 2019.
  2. Story length is to be 500-650 words long and be text only.
  3. Include a title, as well as your name, grade, the school you attend and your parents’ phone number.
  4. Submissions must be a Word document.
  5. Submit your entry via e-mail to jnelson@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org by      11:59pm on January 31, 2020.
  6. This is your story and it can be humor, mystery, fantasy, science fiction or anything you want, but it MUST BE YOUR OWN CREATION.
  7. Be sure to proofread your work and check for correct spelling and grammar.
  8. Contact Ms Jodie in Youth Services with questions: jnelson@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org.


A first, second and third place winner will be chosen from three divisions: Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, and Sixth Grade. Winners will be chosen by author Celia P Perez. Stories will be judged on creativity and writing skill.


Winners will be announced at the Short Story Contest Award Ceremony and Author Talk on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10am. All writers and their families are invited to attend. Each winning writer will be invited to a meet and greet with Celia P Perez (same day from 11:00-11:30am). Winning stories will be printed in the Plainfield Public Library Short Story Journal for Grades 4-6. This publication will be distributed to all elementary and middle school media centers in District 202.

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