Lune Spark Young Writers' Short Story Contest
  • The story must be an original work by the author, no more than 1500 words long, and free from any exclusive publishing rights elsewhere. We will be flexible and allow up to 1650 words if author deems absolutely necessary. Any stories with more than 1650 words are subject to disqualification.
  • Picture stories are not eligible.
  • Judges will score stories based on theme,style, and creativity.
  • Stories containing vulgarity or obscenity will be disqualified.
  • All contestants must register and upload their stories by July 31, 2021, 11:59 PM Pacific Time. The stories should be uploaded on this google form alongwith other details. Please use this format for writing your story.
  • If you have a problem uploading your story to the Google form, please email it to youngwriters@lunespark.com and include following information in the email:
    • "2021 Story Contest" in the subject of the email.
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of July 31, 2021).
    • The name of the story with a short synopsis (see examples here from our 2018 contest).
    • Parent's name, Email ID, Phone Number, and Facebook page (if you'd like to be highlighted as a "contestant in the spotlight" on our Facebook page).
    • Your PayPal receipt number (if you registered through PayPal) or Eventbrite ticket number (if you registwered through Eventbrite).
    • Contestant's gender (optional) - we just want to make sure we are addressing our contestants appropriately.
  • We prefer stories in .DOC or .DOCX format - please use this format.
  • Winners will be announced on September 26, 2021, on this page.
  • You can see our winners from past years here: 2020 Winners || 2019 Winners || 2018 Winners || 2017 Winners
  • Lune Spark Books will independently publish an anthology of up to 25 stories on Amazon and Kindle at no cost to the author. Each writer/legal guardian will be asked to sign a separate agreement with Lune Spark.
  • Authors will not be paid royalties, as per the standard practice for such publications. Any net proceedings from the sales of the book go toward future contests and anthologies.
  • All selections by the judges will be final and not subject to appeal.
  • By submitting stories in the contest, the participants have given Lune Spark a non-exclusive right to publish those stories. The participants are free to publish those stories elsewhere as well, in a non-exclusive way.