2020 Lune Spark Young Writers' Short Story Contest
  • The story must be an original creation of the contestant, up to 1500 words long, and free from any exclusive publishing rights elsewhere. We will be flexible to allow up to 1650 words if author thinks that would make story better. Any stories with more than 1650 words are likely to be disqualified.
  • Picture stories are not eligible.
  • All contestants must register and upload their stories latest by July 31, 2020, 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.
  • Only in case you have a problem uploading the story on GoogleForm, you may email it to youngwriters@lunespark.com including following information in the email:
    • "2020 story contest" in the subject of the email.
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of July 31, 2020).
    • The name of the story with a short synopsis (see examples here from year 2018 contest).
    • Parent's name, email id, phone number, and Facebook page (if you prefer to be highlighted as "contestant in spotlight" on contest's facebook page).
    • Your PayPal receipt number (if you registered on PayPal) or Eventbrite ticket number (if you registwered on Eventbrite), generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)
    • Contestant's gender (if prefer to say) - to help us in addressing the contestant appropriately (it's fine if you prefer not to share).
  • We prefer stories in DOC or DOCX format - please use this format.
  • The winners will be announced on September 15, 2020 on this page.
  • You can see 2019 contest winners on this page.
  • You can see 2018 contest winners on this page.
  • You can see 2017 contest winners on this page.
  • An anthology of up to 25 stories will be independently published on Amazon and Kindle at no cost to the author by Lune Spark Books. Lune Spark will bear the cost of collaborative editing and proofreading of the stories before publishing. Each writer/legal guardian will be asked to sign a separate agreement with Lune Spark for the story to be included in the anthology.
  • Authors will not be paid royalties, as per the standard practice for such publications. Any net proceedings from the sales of the book will be channeled toward the future contest(s) to help continue this good cause (including the professional editing, publishing costs, and continuous marketing of the book).
  • The stories will be judged on theme, style, and creativity.
  • The stories containing vulgarity or obscenity will be disqualified.
  • 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 (in case they are chosen). The participants are free to publish those stories elsewhere as well, in a non-exclusive way.