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About Our Contest
The annual Story of the Year Contest is coming back for the sixth year, and we are searching for fresh, diverse stories that are "easy to read and hard to put down."
The 2022 competition will run from October 4 to December 27 and will feature 4 distinct categories. Winners will receive $12,000 in cash prizes, plus publication in both digital and print form. Entry will be free, unlimited, and open internationally.
To Enter Contest
Log in to your account or use the Sign-up for Free button in the top left main navigation to create a user profile at no cost.
Click "Write" in the main navigation, followed by "Start writing." Welcome to your writing workshop dashboard!
From here, you have two options for submitting. Click "Start New Book" to use our custom book-building tool, or click "Upload New Book" to submit a word document.
If you encounter any problems or have any questions, please reach out to contest@storyshares.org. Happy writing!
Timeline
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Oct 4, 2022

Contest open for entries

Dec 27, 2022

Contest closed for judging

March 7, 2023

Winners are announced

Why Write
Storyshares is on a mission to spread a love of reading and improve literacy skills across the globe. With our annual Story of the Year writing contest, we engage a community of writers to dream up a new library filled with books that engage and support the millions of teens & adults still learning to read.

Every entry that meets the unique Storyshares guidelines has the chance to be published. This is an opportunity for writers to expose their work to a large network of readers, and for their words to improve literacy outcomes across the globe.
Readers across 180 countries have spent over 300,000 hours reading Storyshares books
Categories & Prizes
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$5,000
+ publication
in digital & print

Seeking culturally relevant and inclusive stories that highlight the broad range of human backgrounds and experiences.

Ultimately, these stories will allow us to develop a library that is as rich and varied as humanity itself.

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$2,000
+ publication
in digital & print

Stories are friends, safety blankets, and mentors, especially when they don’t shy away from tough topics and situations. The purpose of this contest category is to do more than generate books - it’s to be there for our vast readership and their myriad of experiences, especially those in which they are most likely to feel lost and alone.

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$2,000
+ publication
in digital & print

We’re looking for writers 18 years or younger to contribute their unique voices to our growing library. We want young writers to search the corners of their minds for the stories that they would want to read, so that they may bring these tales to the page for their peers.

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$3,000
+ publication
in digital & print

Throughout history, stories have helped us to connect with and understand one another. They've been our windows into the great, big world around us. Entries for this category will focus on specific cultures around the world, from festivals and holidays, to folklore, to family histories, and more. We want readers to see life as it is lived in all corners of the globe.

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Contest Judges
Our panel of judges includes amazing experts and lovers of literacy.
Awards From
Jaya Minhas
Social Impact Program Manager
Awards From
Bobbie Bensur
Director, Children's & Teen Services (CATS) at Baker & Taylor
Awards From
Ariel Filion
Master's Student at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Awards From
Andrew Wooldridge
Orca Book Publishers
Awards From
Clare Walker
Program Assistant at Justice Arts Coalition
Awards From
Sharon G. Flake
Author of 'The Skin I'm In'
Awards From
Elissa Petruzzi
Senior Program Manager, WNDB
Awards From
Destany Rodriguez
Young Adult Advisor
Awards From
Alicia Iraola
Young Adult Advisor
Awards From
Ayesha Rodriguez
Author & Educator
Awards From
Kingsley Metelus
Poet & Artist
Awards From
Lenn Darla Jean Gilles
Young Adult Advisor
Awards From
David Flink
CEO, Eye to Eye
Awards From
Gabrielle Schlichtmann
Founder, EdTogether
Awards From
Kate Fusner
Novelist & Teacher