Contest for Ages 16 and older – Highlights Fiction Contest


Fiction based on a true story from your family.

Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua.


All entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2010.


No entry form or fee is required.

*Entrants must be at least 16 years old at the time of submission.

We welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

Stories may be any length up to 750 words. Stories for beginning readers should not exceed 475 words. Indicate the word count in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.

No crime, violence, or derogatory humor.

Entries not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be returned.

Manuscripts or envelopes should be clearly marked FICTION CONTEST. Those not marked in this way will be considered as regular submissions to Highlights.


Highlights for Children
803 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431


The three winning entries will be announced on in June 2010. These stories will become the property of Highlights for Children and will be published by Highlights. All other submissions will be considered for purchase by Highlights.

* We’re sorry that we cannot consider contest entries from children under the age of 16. Young writers are welcome to submit their work for consideration elsewhere in the magazine. Guidelines are available on


2 Responses to “Contest for Ages 16 and older – Highlights Fiction Contest”

  1. Pam Dodson Says:

    The contest says a story that is “fiction based on a true story from your family.” Can that be historical, extended family, or only if you have children at home now? I would appreciate a little more clarity.

    • lizbooks Says:

      Many of the richest stories come from history and extended families. Although I’m not the author of these guidelines, this is the way I am interpreting this. If they limited the word family, it would be a very dull contest indeed.

      Included in the post is the Highlights website. If you are in doubt, you can send them a question. But I’m quite sure that the definition of family will be broad. Good luck!

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