The Submission Period for this Contest has Ended ~
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Prizes will be awarded in each age category ~ 1st Place: $100, 2nd Place: $50
Age categories: 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-22

The top two entries in each category will be published
in a chapbook that will be sold to benefit Children & Youth programming
at Lincoln City Libraries.

Pandemic conditions permitting, young authors published in the chapbook
will be invited to a Book Signing in mid/late July.
We hope to be able to gather outside to celebrate!

Submission Deadline: Saturday, May 8th @ 11:59pm.

Contest Notes

In January 2021, we received a generous donation from a Book Club whose members live as far away as New York City and Germany. Their sweet card told us how much they appreciated our bookstore. It said that they knew that the pandemic was a challenging time for us – and they meant for us to use the check “however we saw fit.” This kind gesture moved us to tears.

After some thought, we decided that this would be a fitting way to use their gift.

We want to encourage imagination in young people & create a book with the most exceptional stories in each age category. We want to support other locals like Artist Izzy Sheesley, hired for promotional artwork; Red Rebel Media, hired to develop our online submission form; and Goldenrod Printing, hired to publish the chapbook. We love to contribute to our community – and selling the books to benefit the library is right up our alley. We’re especially excited about the possibility of celebrating with our community at a Book Signing Event in mid/late July.

Authors, keep these things in mind as you write:
*Stories submitted in this contest can be any genre, as long as they are set in our bookstore.
*The chapbook we’ll publish will have readers of all ages. Please keep your stories PG.
*Entries MUST be limited to 1,000 words – Flash Fiction!

Contest results will be announced in late June/early July on this page and on our social media platforms. 

*Note that by submitting these stories, all authors agree that their submissions may be published – in their entirety or in part – on this website or on our social media platforms. Those stories will be credited with the author’s name and age.

*Authors chosen for publication will be contacted via the email address they provide with their submission. A Novel Idea Bookstore will not use contact information provided by authors for any other purpose.

*Contest judges are not currently, nor have ever been, employed by A Novel Idea Bookstore.

Submission Deadline: Saturday, May 8th @ 11:59pm