Two Montclair middle school students sitting on a boulder in Anderson Park

Montclair middle-school students Eliza and Maria soaking up a fall day in Anderson Park.

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

Montclair students 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. Their stories are shared at a public reading at Watchung Booksellers that is televised by Channel 34. They are also posted on Previous winning entries have also been published in The Montclair Local newspaper. The contest is judged by a panel of professional authors who live in Montclair.


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 Feb. 13, 2022. 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!