2021 Short Story Contest








The Plainfield Public Library

is proud to announce the annual

Short Story Contest

for Grades 4-6


2021 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 14, 2020.
  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 and email address.
  4. Submissions must be a Word document.
  5. Submit your entry via e-mail to jnelson@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org by      11:59pm on January 29, 2021.
  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 Pablo Cartaya, 2020 Caudill nominee The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Stories will be judged on creativity and writing skill.


Winners will be announced at the Virtual Short Story Contest Award Ceremony and Author Talk on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10am. All writers will be sent an invite link in order to attend. Each winning writer will be invited to a virtual meet and greet with Pablo Cartaya (same day from 11:00-11:30am). Winning stories will be printed in the Plainfield Public Library Short Story Journal for Grades 4-6.