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Short Story Writing Contest

For middle and high school students

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, this year’s contest is now launching for middle and high school students, with the theme of “Once Upon a Time.”  



The David Miller Family


The submission period ended Sunday, December 15, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Judges will be local area literary experts and board members/leaders with the Amelia Island Book Festival. Prizes include the following:


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

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

  • Additional cash awards for both middle and high school entrants for creativity, writing style and other criteria as determined by the judges

  • Special prizes will be awarded to winners from Boys & Girls Clubs of
    Nassau County


Prizes will be announced/awarded during the Authors Expo, Saturday, February 15, 2020, in the Fernandina Beach Middle School Auditorium. Winning entrants also will meet a New York Times best-selling author during the Authors Expo and will have an opportunity for their work to be published.  

For more information, click on the arrow below for the CONTEST PACKET, which includes:

  • Rules and Reminders

  • Writing Tips

  • Frequently Asked questions (FAQs)