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 was our final month before the start of an indefinite break. So enjoy our archive of past winners for now, and maybe in six months or so we'll be back.

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 Kid Who Destroyed the World (and saved it again) - Winner for October 2021

Congratulations to Ellie! The Kid Who Destroyed the World has a ton of personality and goes in unexpected directions. Crazy in the best ways. Enjoy!


Read The Kid Who Destroyed the World (and Saved it Again) here