Writing Contest


It is not a requirement to enter the Tween Author Boot Camp writing contest. Enter only if you want to.

There are two age brackets in the contest:

Bracket 1:  9 & 10 year olds 

Bracket 2:  11 & 12 year olds

The top three winners in each division will receive an award and a cash prize. ($10/$15/$20)


  1. All writing must be original and done completely by the tween. The tween may get help formatting the digital entry and sending it via email to the conference. 
  2. Only one entry allowed per person. 
  3. Entrants to the contest must be registered for the conference.
  4. No team entries will be allowed.
  5. Entries must be in English.
  6. Entries must be sent as a MS Word or PDF attachment. Anything besides these two formats will be automatically disqualified, including Google Doc links and stories sent in the body of the email.
  7. Entries must be a flash fiction short story — no more than 500 words. (PLEASE read instructions below on flash fiction)
  8. Entries must be emailed to contact@tweenabc.com by March 29, 2019 at midnight to be entered into the contest. Include what age bracket you belong to both in the body of the email and on the writing entry.
  9. If the rules are not followed, an entry will be disqualified.  



Flash fiction is a short form of storytelling. For Tween Author Boot Camp, your story must be less than 500 words or it is disqualified. The challenge of flash fiction is to tell a complete in a limited amount of words.

Some people might think that writing flash fiction is easier than writing a longer story. This is incorrect. When a writer is limited to a certain number of words in a story, a stimulating and educational challenge is created.

What makes a complete story? Five things …

  1. A plot
  2. Characters
  3. A beginning
  4. A middle
  5. And an end

TIP#1: Start in the middle of the story. For example, if you’re going to write a story about a girl going hunting, don’t begin the story with your main character waking up and getting her clothes on to go meet her dad. Instead, begin the story with your main character looking through the scope of the hunting rifle with her dad at her side.

TIP#2: Don’t use too many characters. Usually one or two, maybe three characters at the most.

TIP#3: Write a creative title that adds to the story

Email entries as a Microsoft Word file or PDF attachment to contact@tweenabc.com before midnight on March 29, 2019