Ends on June 1, 2019


y factor 

Is your teen a writer of fiction or non-fiction. Do they have a short story to share? Teen ages 12 to 17 are encouraged to enter with parent or guardian permission.   


Winners of our story contest will receive a free copy of the book with publication. Winning stories will also be featured in both soft cover and eBook editions titled, "The Y Factor with a Big Why?" This book includes a page bio from every teen author and their goals for the future and their question to the world. 


Guidelines for each Entry: Include a biography written by your teen including their age, grade, education, and experience with writing (including a date this piece was written and a short summary of the story.) Include your own name and relationship to the teen. Please include a quote about one questions they have for the world. All work must be original and submitted by a legal guardian of the teen. 


How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories and poetry will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity & craftmanship. No name or other identifying info must be included in the submission manuscript text, so that your child's work is read by our judges anonymously.


Rating: This book will be a selection of stories rated YA for Young Adult audience level content. 


 Length: Looking for  over  1,500 words and no longer than 8,000 words per story, but we are flexible. .


How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry make sure put the Titles and Date clearly marked with no other identifying information except for the age and grade of your child. 


How many times can I submit? As many as you like. Remember, however, we are publishing several short story collections each school year. Make sure to submit to the collection where your work fits the theme the best. 


Flying Ketchup Press is granted First Serial Rights. All rights revert back to author upon publication. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners will be posted through Submittable, email and social media.