In preparation for writing, students should draw from their own personal knowledge and research information from a variety of sources including historical and  reference material, interviews, personal experiences, newspapers, academic journals, auto-biographies, films and television movies, or internet sources.

These researches are solely opportunities for learning. Plagiarism is not accepted and a disqualification act (for example: copying published information, submitting someone else’s
text as your own).


The contest is open to all Miami-Dade Elementary, Middle and High School students
in grades 3 – 12.

Writers may submit:
(grades 3 – 5):
One typed or hand-written story between 700 and 1,000 words
Middle (grades 6 – 8):
One hand-written or typed story between 1,000 and 3,000 words
High School (grades 9 – 12):
One typed story between 2,000 and 4,000 words

  • There is no restriction on style.
  • Each story must be the work of one student and not the collective work of two or more students.
  • By submitting the manuscript, the applicant certifies that the story is original, authored solely by her/him and has never been published.
  • The story cannot be plagiarized or infringe upon the rights of any third parties.
  • The story will be written in English.
  • The story must have a title.
  • A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for each level will be selected as well as a
    Grand Prize per level.
  • Cash prizes, creative writing workshops and numerous awards will be given to all winners.
  • A celebration of the authors will include a book signing of the Grand Prizes published manuscripts.
  • The story will be judged by professionals from the literary, educational and the art world
    on the following:
    o Creativity and originality
    o Composition and overall structure
    o Sentence construction and fluency


Themes are exclusively FREE CHOICE.



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