It’s that time of year again! We’re having a short story competition. Please have your child complete the story using the story starters below. (We provide one for grammar students and one for secondary students.). Grammar school entries should be 200–500 words. Secondary school entries should be 800–1000 words. All entries must include student name, grade, a parent name, e-mail address, phone number, city, and state. Format must be Word Doc. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line “Short Story Competition.” Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on March 15, 2018. Judging will be based on these age groups:
*Note: Stories can be adapted to be about male or female characters.
It was the middle of the night when I suddenly woke up. I sat up in bed. What had awakened me? Then I heard it again. It sounded like dishes clanking together in the kitchen. I looked at the clock. It was the middle of the night, my mom wouldn’t be putting dishes away at 2 a.m. So I slid my feet into my slippers and went downstairs to investigate. When I pushed open the kitchen door, I couldn’t believe what I saw.
“Decaf latte, please,” I told the barista.
“That’s $4.00,” she said. I gave her the money and took a seat at my favorite table.
Once seated, I unpacked my schoolbooks and set them on the table. As I reached down to get my laptop out of my bag, I saw a pair of black dress shoes scurry past me. A scrap of paper floated down and landed beside my bag.
“Excuse me!” I yelled, “You dropped something!” But my call was met by the jingling of the bell on the door. The person had vanished. Curiously, I looked down at paper in my hand and unfolded it. I gasped. There in black and white, was my name.
By Lexi Detweiler
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