The Middle-grade Story Contest is a monthly fiction-writing contest for students in U.S. grades 6-9. 

  • Prizes* are awarded to a monthly winner (*$25 Amazon gift card)

  • Winning stories will be produced in audio (see player on right)

  • Submission is FREE.

  • For readers of our latest book (School by Nathaniel Hardman), we provide constructive feedback on the submission.

  • October 2021 will be our final month before we go on an indefinite break, so get those stories in now!

The focus of the MG Story Contest is on helping young writers learn the craft and improve their writing skills. We hope to foster a love for writing and reading as well as celebrating (and not avoiding) the editing and revision process. We also aspire to build a community among literary-minded youth.

The contest's final month (for now) will be October 2021, so join in now!

The contest is sponsored by the Sally-Apokedak Literary Agency and managed by Nathaniel Hardman.

Tea - Winner for September 2021

Congratulations to Rhea D.! Her story Tea has characters like onions - they have layers as you go deeper. Nicely done!


Read Tea here.