Saturday, December 10, 2011

High School Short Story Contest

Last year I helped judge this contest and it was a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, I had to bow out this year, but I firmly believe in Brian Claspell's goals. He wants to encourage teens to write.
This is a nation wide contest. Please share the information with your local area high schools if you have contacts there or are comfortable with emailing it to them.
2012 “Imagination begins with you…”
Annual High School Short Story Contest

Contest Description: Short story, less than 1,500 words.

First place winner receives $50 and $50 to school library
Second place winner receives $25 and $25 school library
Third place winner receives $10 and $10 school library

Deadline: emailed or post marked by March 15, 2012

Submission: email to (no attachments please, just include story in the text of the email) or mail to Brian Claspell - 104 Ivy Hollow Ln - Mooresville, NC 28117. Include: Name, email address, high school and year in school, word count, and title of story.

Winners announced in May. Winning stories will be posted on Brian Claspell - Author Facebook fan page. Some entries, including winners, may be published in a collection of short stories (Note: Any proceeds from the sale of this collection will be used solely for future short story contest and educational charities).

Criteria: Short stories will be judged on creativity and imagination. Any genre (fiction/non-fiction) is acceptable.
Complete contest rules can be found on "Brian Claspell - Author" Facebook fan page.

Judge Bio’s
1) Amy Hancock is the author of “Evie’s First Magic Lesson”. You can learn more about Amy at her Amazon author’s page (Amy's Amazon Author’s Page).
2) Brian Claspell is the author of “Living by Grace” and winner of several local writing contests. He is also the author of the eBook “Terrorist ACT” available on and Barnes & Noble. You can learn more about Brian on his Facebook page “Brian Claspell – Author” Fan Page
3) Lori Lohmeyer is an avid blogger (What Remains Now) and is working on her first novel. She is retired from the US Army Reserves and has three retired racing greyhounds. Join her adventure by visiting her blog.
4) Larry Beyer is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters/Misters in Crime and a writer’s critique group. After twenty-five years in corporate America and traveling abroad, Larry began to pursue his passion for writing in 2010. He lives in Battle Creek, MI with his wife and three children.

Alternate Judge:
1)Samantha Fahlsing is a 19-year-old full time student at Ball State University, seeking a master’s in Creative Writing and minoring in Digital Publishing and Professional writing. She hopes to someday become an Author and Book Editor. Samantha first found her passion for writing at the age of 14 and has been writing since. She is currently working on her first book. Samantha lives in Indianapolis, IN with her mom and two sisters.
2)Note: Additional alternate judges may be added.


  1. High school was SO long ago, I couldn't begin to remember the experience!

  2. I don't think Alex got the point of your post.

  3. NaNoWriMo also offer a program for teenagers. Writing is such a great outlet, I think it's great to encourage them.


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