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.

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

The Dog Made of Stars - Winner for July 2021

Congratulations to Lily! Her story is at once fantastical and very down-to-earth. Great work!


Read The Dog Made of Stars here.