Short Story Writing Contest

For middle and high school students


The David Miller Family

2021 Contest to be announced in December 2020!

Congratulations to the 2020 Winners!

The Amelia Island Book Festival’s Short Story Writing Contest is an important way we connect students, authors and books for life-long learning. Thanks to our generous sponsors, in 2020 we recognize 14 middle and high school students who were selected as winners and finalists.

Students were asked to submit original works of 500 to 1,000 words based on the theme, “Once Upon a Time.” Entries represented Fernandina Beach High School, Florida Virtual School (the state’s Internet-based public high school), Hilliard Middle and Senior High School, Callahan and Yulee Middle Schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County.


Judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for high school and middle school students. They also awarded finalists in those categories for entries worthy of honorable mention. The Boys & Girls Clubs had two first-place awards. 




1st Place: Madelyn Maguire, “Nature’s Daughter”, FBHS grade 12

2nd Place: Amelia Wright, “Once Upon Our Time”, FBHS grade 9

3rd Place: Penny Carr, “Princess Penelope and the Purple Dragon” FBHS grade 12



Joseph Henry Perry, “Old Smelly Hound,” FBHS grade 12

Carly Terry, “Sugar Plum Fairy,” FBHS grade 12

Sierra Baldwin, “Avril’s Decision,” FLVS grade 11




1st Place: Bailey Fouraker, “Nevermore,” FLVS grade 8

2nd Place: John Addington, “The Cursed Emerald,” FBMS grade 6

3rd Place: Bailey Rounsville, “The Russian Watch,” CMS grade 8



Gage Dickerson, “The Greatest Gift,” YMS grade 8

Kaeris Allen, “A Girl and her Dog,” HMS grade 8

Olivia Risinger, “Seeing in Color,” CMS grade 8




Trinady Shields, “When in Reality”

Craig Manning, “The Trip” 



Prizes included:


·       $175 for each high school and middle school first-place winner

·       $100 for each high school and middle school second-place winner

·       $50 for finalists based on creativity, writing style and other criteria as determined by the judges

·       $75 to winners from Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County

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