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About Our Contest
The annual Story of the Year Contest is coming back for the seventh year, and we are searching for compelling, diverse stories that are "easy to read and hard to put down."
The 2024 competition will run from September 18, 2024, to January 13, 2025, and will feature 4 distinct categories. This year, $15,000 in cash prizes are up for grabs, in addition to publication in both digital and print form. Winners will be announced on April 7, 2025. Winning stories and those selected as runners-up will be included in the Storyshares library, which is currently serving tens of thousands of students in all 50 states and over 180 countries. This is an opportunity for writers to not only expose their work to a large, established network of readers, but moreover, for their words to become part of the mission to improve literacy outcomes for teens and young adults across the globe. This is an opportunity to change lives, and to make a difference.
Entry is free, unlimited, and open internationally.
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Timeline
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Sept 18, 2024

Contest open for entries

Jan 13, 2024

Contest closed for judging

April 7, 2025

Winners are announced

Why Write?
Storyshares is on a mission to spread a love of reading and improve literacy skills across the globe. With our annual Story of the Year writing contest, we engage a community of writers to dream up a new library filled with books that engage and support the millions of teens & adults still learning to read.

Every entry that meets the unique Storyshares guidelines has the chance to be published. This is an opportunity for writers to expose their work to a large network of readers, and for their words to improve literacy outcomes across the globe.
Readers across 180 countries have spent over 1,000,000 hours reading Storyshares books
Categories & Prizes
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$2,000
+ publication
in digital & print

Let your creativity soar in this writing category exclusively for teen writers 18 years or younger! This is a chance for teen writers to unleash their voices and create stories in any genre that showcase their unique experiences and reflect their interests. We are looking for the next generation of young-adult writers to inspire others with their imagination and originality.

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$6,000
+ publication
in digital & print

Decodable Chapter Books: We are looking for writers who can make stories come to life using single-syllable, high-frequency, and specific phonics words based on a given scope and sequence. 

Decodable Microfiction Collection: Create short and impactful stories with our microfiction challenge! Challenge yourself by building a collection of enchanting stories using 250 words or less.

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$3,500
+ publication
in digital & print

Celebrate the lives of global change-makers in our nonfiction category! From activists to innovators, we are looking for writers who can capture the stories of change-makers in an exciting and insightful way. Join us in honoring those who shaped our world for the better by highlighting their impact and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

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$3,500
+ publication
in digital & print

Create heroes, villains, or everyday people with depth and personality in this category all about unforgettable characters! We are looking for writers who can showcase relatable and complex characters that captivate readers and help drive the story with their rich personalities, compelling backstories, and dynamic arcs.

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Contest Judges: This year's judges to be announced soon!
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