Teen Writers and Artists Contest Rules

This contest is only open to teenagers, so if you are between the ages of 13 and 19 are welcome to enter. If not, please pass this link to any teen writers or artists that you know.

This contest is only open from November 15, 2017 to February 18, 2018. Short story or art entries received outside of these dates will be deleted unread.

Short Stories Contest Rules:

Stories must contain a science fiction or fantasy element.

Stories must not contain excessive profanity, sex, or violence. Keep it rated PG-13 at most, please. Also, this is a Science Fiction and Fantasy contest. Please do not submit straight horror.

The winners of the contest will be awarded $50, $35, or $20 depending on placement and will have their stories displayed on the RIPartridge website for at least one year.

Stories will be judged on several factors: plot, character, setting, originality, narrative style, use of language, and, just as importantly, being a good fit for my website. This year, I have added to the rubric strong beginning, middle, and ending. Last year I received several wonderful first chapters to novels, but they were not complete short stories. Also, be aware poor spelling and grammar will be deducted from your overall score and reduce your chances of winning. I beg you to have someone proof read your story before you send it!  

All results are final. It is possible that stories you feel are not as good as yours will win. Creative writing is a very subjective thing. Please read some of my short stories stories as well as last year’s winners before entering.

Art Contest Rules:

Art submitted must someone represent the story, “Do No Harm.” Please read or listen to the story before submitting your work.

The work must be an original piece of work, please do not just cut and paste images off the internet.

The winners of the contest will be awarded $50 of the use of his or her image.

Art will be judged on several factors: subject matter, composition, color, how well it attracts the potential reader’s eye, how well it represents the story, how well it fits with the overall style of ripartridge.com.

All results are final. It is possible that art you feel is not as good as yours will win. Cover art is a very subjective thing. Please don’t become discouraged.

 How to submit your entry:

It’s easy! Simply email your short story to: rebeccainchpartridge@gmail.com as a word doc or an rtf attachment. In the subject line put “contest entry:” and then the title of your story. Make sure your manuscript is in 12 point font and double spaced. Also make sure author, title and page number are in the header. Please do not submit through google docs.

For artists, please send your art as a GIF or JPG file. This means for those of you not submitting digital art, you will either have to scan your work or take a photo of it in order to send it. If this makes submitting difficult for you please e-mail me rebeccainchpartridge@gmail.com and I well give you an address to snail mail a color copy of your work.

For both authors and artists please include in the body of your email: your full name and age, a phone number to reach you, or a parent if you are a minor, and an email address. Do not worry about including a cover letter. Stories and art will be judged solely on their merit.

May the force and the creative muse be with you!