Story Contest Flier for print

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Friends of Anderson Park is excited to announce our fifth 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. In past years, the winning stories have been shared at a public reading at Watchung Booksellers 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 March 8, 2023. (The deadline has been extended from Feb. 19, 2023.). 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!