Lune Spark Young Writers
Short Story Contest

Do You Know A Young Writer?

They could be our next published author! Our annual short story writing contest gives children an opportunity to have their work published. Each year we handpick 25 stories and publish them on platforms like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, and many more!

Already Registered? Submit your story here.

DEADLINE

July 31, 2022

Category A

Age Above 10 Years & Below 13 Years

Category B

Age Above 13 Years and Below 16 Years

2,000 Cash Prizes! 8 Cash Prizes!
(4 Prizes in each of the two categories)

Deadline: July 31, 2022.

Deadline for registration & story submission: July 31, 2022.

See the winners from past years

Click here to see the books with top stories from our past contests.

Each contestant is also eligible to participate in
Book Cover Contest.


Press releases announcing launch of our anthologies
2018 || 2019

Contest timelines:

Rules

  • 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, 2022, 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:
    • “2022 Story Contest” in the subject of the email.
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of July 31, 2022).
    • The name of the story with a short synopsis (see examples here from our 2021 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, 2022, on this page.
  • 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.

The Judges

Our judges include writers, bloggers, and other publishing professions. We’re going to keep this page updated as we add more judges.

Briana Chen

Briana Chen is an avid reader and 18-year-old author of the Five Seals YA adventure series and is currently working on its second book. She has a keen interest in all things imagination. As a young author herself, she is passionate about supporting creativity in new generations of artists.

Rebecca Maye Holiday

Rebecca Maye Holiday is a Canadian author and student, known for her various literary short stories. Her most popular book is Necromancy Cottage, Or, The Black Art of Gnawing on Bones. Rebecca Maye lives in Nova Scotia. She was the first student to apply for a Major B.A. in Law, Justice & Society combined with a Minor in Esoteric & Occult Traditions at Dalhousie University and The University of King's College. She also has a diploma in Library Information Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).

Jodie Reed

Jodie Reed is a BA Creative Writing graduate from Falmouth University, Cornwall (UK) where her dissertation received an award and her first pieces of work were published. Since her studies, she's turned her hand to article writing for several sites as well as gaining experience in the publishing industry, while continuing to work on her first novel. She also reads over 60 books a year. She is based just outside London and can probably be found squirreled away somewhere near a radiator, with some herbal tea and the three books she's currently reading.

Vikas Khair

Vikas Khair wears many hats: a full time technology engineer, photographer, blogger, and owner of a baby booktube channel. He loves to read books and watch movies. He also has two publications out, Paths to Death: A-Z, a short stories collection, and Jhankar, a Hindi poem collection, to which he contributed 4 works.

Osman Welela

Osman Welela spends the right amount of time in his head. He has a degree in Computer Science and a modest skill in cooking a mean tea. He is the author of the fantasy series A Tale Of The Lost Arts. Stories shape his life more than anything else; they have done so since way before he began writing them up - he always enjoys the great ones whichever form they come in: movies, music, food, people, novels, etc. His latest work can be found at AFREADA, an online literary magazine for African writers. He lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find more about him here.

Briana Chen

Briana Chen is an avid reader and 18-year-old author of the Five Seals YA adventure series and is currently working on its second book. She has a keen interest in all things imagination. As a young author herself, she is passionate about supporting creativity in new generations of artists.

Jodie Reed

Jodie Reed is a BA Creative Writing graduate from Falmouth University, Cornwall (UK) where her dissertation received an award and her first pieces of work were published. Since her studies, she's turned her hand to article writing for several sites as well as gaining experience in the publishing industry, while continuing to work on her first novel. She also reads over 60 books a year. She is based just outside London and can probably be found squirreled away somewhere near a radiator, with some herbal tea and the three books she's currently reading.

Rebecca Maye Holiday

Rebecca Maye Holiday is a Canadian author and student, known for her various literary short stories. Her most popular book is Necromancy Cottage, Or, The Black Art of Gnawing on Bones. Rebecca Maye lives in Nova Scotia. She was the first student to apply for a Major B.A. in Law, Justice & Society combined with a Minor in Esoteric & Occult Traditions at Dalhousie University and The University of King's College. She also has a diploma in Library Information Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).

Osman Welela

Osman Welela spends the right amount of time in his head. He has a degree in Computer Science and a modest skill in cooking a mean tea. He is the author of the fantasy series A Tale Of The Lost Arts. Stories shape his life more than anything else; they have done so since way before he began writing them up - he always enjoys the great ones whichever form they come in: movies, music, food, people, novels, etc. His latest work can be found at AFREADA, an online literary magazine for African writers. He lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find more about him here.

Vikas Khair

Vikas Khair wears many hats: a full time technology engineer, photographer, blogger, and owner of a baby booktube channel. He loves to read books and watch movies. He also has two publications out, Paths to Death: A-Z, a short stories collection, and Jhankar, a Hindi poem collection, to which he contributed 4 works.

Feedback on Stories

Press Release

news From PR.com

August 25, 2018

Best Short Stories from 2018 Lune Spark Contest Are Now Available for Young Adults & Middle Grade Readers

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December 12, 2019

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