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Writing Contest


ESPECIALLY WANTED: TRUE STORIES by/for KIDS & TEENS: Note that stories posted in these categories will have the highest chance of being featured on the front page of Storystar due to less competition for the spotlight.
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NEW CONTEST: WINTER (NOV. 2016 through FEB. 2017) TRUE STORIES CONTEST! One WINNER in each age category will receive $50.USD, plus one overall highest rated story/writer will win $100.USD (TOTAL $250. CASH / 4 winners)!
Note that ALL stories posted in these categories during the above time frame will be eligible to win, and most stories entered will be featured on the front page of Storystar at some point in the future whether they win the cash/contest or not. However, there must be a minimum overall total of at least 12 new stories entered into each of the three contest categories, during the four month contest time period, in order for the top prize money to be paid out.

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SUMMER 2016 WRITING CONTEST BY/FOR KIDS & TEENS
Here are the TOP 5 STORIES (All Cash Winners!):

Overall highest rated contest winner, as well as the highest rated story in the 'Stories written by adults FOR Children' category: Petra The Brushtail Possum, By Ryan Thomas, Born 1976, M, from Sydney, Australia: TOTAL POINTS: 5,154 (6154 - 1000*)


Stories written BY Teens winner: Oh How The Mighty Tania Has Fallen!, By Cassidy Flores, Born 2003, F, from Alberta, Canada: TOTAL POINTS: 5,146 (6,146 - 1,000*)


Stories written BY Children winner: Case of the Missing Pig, By Anthony George, Born 2004, M, from Nashville, TN: TOTAL POINTS: 4,729


Stories written by adults FOR Teens Winner: Diving with Sharks, By Gordon England, Born 1954, M, from Cocoa Beach/FL: TOTAL POINTS: 3,833


5th highest rated story overall, therefore awarded cash as well: Rainy Night, By Catherine Yating Zhu, Born 2004, F, from Portland, OR: TOTAL POINTS: 4,372 (5,372 - 1,000*)

(*Stories that were featured on the front page of Storystar during the 4 months the contest ran, had 1,000 points deducted from their total in order to reduce their advantage over stories that had not yet been featured.)
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SUMMER 2015 TRUE STORY WRITING CONTEST by/for kids/teens WINNER: ANGELINA CAO, of Portland, Oregon, as chosen by reader ratings. Her story: "Tonsillectomy"

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Summer 2015 true story writing contest. All true stories posted in the kids/teens categories from July through September were eligible to win. The winner was chosen from the combined total of ratings given to their story.

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PREVIOUS CONTEST WINNERS:
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5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRUE STORY CONTEST WINNER SELECTED BY READERS:
To BokoHaram With Love,
BY MELODY KUKU, OF NIGERIA

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2011 STORYSTAR SHORT STORY WRITING
CONTEST WINNERS HAVE BEEN DETERMINED BY READERS!

Best true story written by or for a child: TIE:
Sweet Memories by Philip Baryaruha
& Harvesting Season by Justin Lagat

Best true story written by or for a teen:
The Things Cancer Can Not Do by Gabrielle

Best true story written by or for an adult:
From Behind the Window by William Cline

Best fiction story written by or for a child:
Captain Nolan the Sandbender Saves the Ocean by Linda McMann

Best fiction story written by or for a teen:
The Ghost by Nicole Izmaylov

Best fiction story written by or for an adult:
Baby Sugar by Carol Jo Pettit
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STORY STAR OF THE YEAR:
Through the Eyes of an Eagle by ELAINE FABER

(Determined by the grand total of accumulated points earned by ALL of Elaine's stories published on Storystar during the entire year, as well as the overall quality of her contributions. The above story is just one among many great stories that she has generously shared, so please be sure to click on the link below it to read 'More stories by this author'.)

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2010 Writing Contest Winners
(Determined by highest rating and number of votes):

Her Name Means Hope in Arabic by Judy Jones

First runner up: Two Spirit by Phil Whitley
Second runner up: Mr D and Cynicism by Ari Sam

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Pre-launch Short Story Contest Winners

(Determined by panel of four judges who were provided with only the story to read, with no knowledge of the author's name and location. Note that the stories entered in this first early contest formed the basis for the creation of Storystar):


A Cold Touch by Dale Flowers

First runner up: The Mistress by Arlene Hartzell
Second runner up: Her Conclusion by Jason James Parker



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