short story contestThe purpose of this contest is to give adult students a chance to submit their writing even after they have aged out of the Student Novel Contest, and to provide an opportunity for our older writers to practice crafting a short story and sending it off for professional consideration.

** RESULTS – Announced May 2, 2016 **

1st – “The Graveyard Burns,” by Collin Suttle
2nd – “Dust to Dust,” by Meredith Lundell
3rd – “The Health Benefits of Having Friends,” by Jacqueline Oka

“Three Men on Three Horses,” by Jacob Buller
“Steeple Chase,” by Sam Cooper
“The Strains of Music,” by Harpley Summers

Read their short stories »



April, 10, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time

Who May Enter

• You must be a student of The One Year Adventure Novel with a valid curriculum license number
• You must be at least 18 years old by April 10, 2016


• Double-spaced
Times New Roman or Courier New font, 12 pt
• Follow the manuscript format outlined in chapter 77 of the OYAN textbook
• No cover sheet required
• On the first page, in the upper left-hand corner, include your name and address. Put the title 1/3 of the way down the page, skip a line, and begin the story.
• Every other page should include a header in the upper right-hand corner with your last name and the page number.

Original Content

All content must center around original characters in an original setting. We cannot accept fan fiction of any kind. Submissions must be in prose form, not poetry.


Short stories may not be longer than 4,000 words. There is no minimum wordcount.

One Author

We can only accept entries by a single author. No collaborative works may be submitted.


1st Place – $100

2nd Place – $50

3rd Place – Your choice of any OYAN t-shirt from our online store.

The Judging Process

Once the submission deadline has passed, all submissions will be collected by a panel of judges composed of OYAN staff members. They will select a small group of finalists and pass these on to Mr. S. He will then read each story carefully and choose the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Winners will be announced via the May e-newsletter, and then posted on the OYAN+ forum and the OYAN Facebook page. We will also compile a PDF of all winners and finalists, to be featured on this contest webpage. This PDF will be posted on the OYAN+ forum and the OYAN Facebook page as well.

There are no specific criteria for the winning story, but all judges will be looking for a compelling story, believable characters, and clear prose (whether sparse, poetic, or somewhere in between) that fits the tone of the story.

Submitting Your Short Story

Follow this link to the Submittable form.

As you will see in the entry form, your submission must include:

  1. Your name, address, and date of birth
  2. Your valid curriculum license number
  3. Your electronic signature, verifying that the work is entirely your own and that you agree to respect the decision of the judges
  4. Your short story attached as a .pdf file

You retain all rights to your work. A notice of your copyright will appear after your entry, if it is chosen for the PDF of finalists and winners.

Submit your short story »