Short Story Writing Contest

Announcing the New Braunfels Public Library Foundation Short Story Writing Contest WINNERS!

short story winners

The New Braunfels Public Library Foundation is proud to present our 2021 Short Story Winners.

Kids (2nd – 4th Grade)

Connor Graves with “A Fourth Grade Field Trip Gone Way Wrong”

Tweens (5th – 7th Grade)

Wyatt Haddon Cozart with “A Matter of Lemons and Lemonade”

Teens (8th -12th Grade)

Helen Davis with “The Guardian’s Protector”

Adult Division

Martha Mendez with “Changing Course”

Each winner received a $20 Amazon gift card. Thank you to all who entered. We so enjoyed reading you stories.

Rules & Guidelines

  • Stories that have been previously published or performed publicly are not eligible.
  • One (1) submission per author.
  • Authors must live in Comal or Guadalupe counties.
  • All entries must be submitted via email by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 15.
    • Entries should be sent to [email protected]hoo.com with the subject “Short Story Contest Entry.”
    • Entries must be attached as a Word document or (.doc or .docx) or PDF.
    • Include your full name and phone number in the body of your email. If the entry is on behalf of a student, please include the student’s grade and school as well as contact information for the caregiver.
  • Entries will be judged in four age groups
    • Adults
    • Teens (8th-12th grade)
    • Tweens (5th-7th grade)
    • Kids (2nd-4th grade)
  • Winners will be announced March 1.
  • Stories should be three (3) pages maximum, single-spaced.
    • 12-pt. Arial or Times New Roman
    • 1-inch margins
    • File name should include last name and title of the story (Example: lastname_storytitle.pdf)
    • Please include page numbers
    • Stories that include the author’s name in the document will be rejected.
  • NBPLF board members and/or their family members may participate, but they are not eligible to win a prize.

Prizes

All participants will have their names listed on the NBPLF website
All children who participate will receive a Certificate of Appreciation

First Place – Adults

  • Signed 1st Edition Book from our collection of gifted books
  • NBPLF cap
  • Publication on the NBPLF website with photo
  • First-place Certificate

First Place – Teens

  • $20 Amazon gift card
  • Publication on the NBPLF website with photo (with permission)
  • First-place Certificate

First Place – Tweens

  • $20 Amazon gift card
  • Publication on the NBPLF website with photo (with permission)
  • First-place Certificate

First Place – Kids

  • $20 Amazon gift card
  • Publication on the NBPLF website with photo (with permission)
  • First-place Certificate

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