Student Short Story

*This category is only open to Mississippi high school students

Deadline: August 31, 2024
First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100
Entry Fee: Free

  1. No entry fee
  2. The Faulkner Literary Committee reserves the rights for one-time publication of the winning entries on our official websites, after which publication rights revert back to the writer.
  3. All entries must be original, unpublished, short fiction with up to 10,000 words typed on one side of 8 1/2 X 11 inch white paper in 12 pt. font, double spaced in English. No plagiarism will be accepted.
  4. You may enter more than one short story, but all work must be submitted at the same time by an English teacher representing your school. If you are home schooled, include your parents contact information.
  5. To enter:

    By mail:
    Send two paper copies of each submission AND a digital PDF or Word version on a disc or thumb drive. Each entry must have a cover page listing the title, author’s name, address, email, phone number. The other pages should only contain the title of the entry and the page numbers and NOT the author’s name.
    Mail to:
    Faulkner Literary Committee
    Union County Heritage Museum
    P. O. Box 657
    New Albany, MS 38652

    Submit online using the form to the right. The online submission must also have a cover sheet and school and teacher’s name.

  6. Entry should be received by August 31, 2024.
  7. All entries are final, no revisions accepted.
  8. Entries are judged by trained academia and the judges’ decision is final.
  9. Only the winners will be notified by email or mail.
  10. Winners will be announced at the Faulkner Literary Luncheon on September 27, 2024, at the First Methodist Church in New Albany, MS., the birthplace of William Faulkner.
  11. Entries will not be returned.
  12. Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified.