Anderson Park Short Story Contest Flyer for 2023/2024

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Friends of Anderson Park is excited to announce our sixth annual short-story contest.

Students enrolled in Montclair schools and in grades 6 to 8 are eligible to enter, including those in public and private schools, and ones who are home-schooled. Winners each receive $100. The contest is judged by a panel of professional authors who live in Montclair. Winning stories will be shared at a public reading at the Bellevue Avenue Branch of the Montclair Public Library and televised by Channel 34. Previous winning stories are posted on the Friends of Anderson Park web site.


Content: Anderson Park must feature into the story, but the writing may be in any genre.

Length: 500-2,500 words.

Style: The same guidelines in subject matter and language that would apply in school also apply to these entries.

Format: Typed and double-spaced, with numbered pages. The author’s name, email address, phone number, grade, and school should be on every page. Stories should be in .doc or .docx format.

Submission: Entries must be emailed to by midnight on January 14, 2024. Submissions will be acknowledged within 3 days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 3 days of entry, please contact Ann Evans at (973) 495-0338 to confirm receipt.

We look forward to reading your amazing stories!