Criminal Justice
The Center for Fiction National Teen Storyteller Writing Contest

About The Contest

The Decameron Project is once again partnering with The Center for Fiction for a National Teen Storyteller Contest. Young writers, ages 13-18, are encouraged to submit your best work on the theme of Criminal Justice for a chance to win up to $100 for our bookstore, and online publication. This contest is part of our NEA Big Read in celebration of Ernest J. Gaines’ classic novel A Lesson Before Dying. We invite entries to respond to the themes of the criminal justice system in the novel or to interpret the subject more broadly. The stories should be between 300-1000 words.  

The three winning stories will be published on The Center for Fiction and The Decameron Project’s websites. 

  • The first-place winner will receive a Center for Fiction tote bag and a $100 bookstore gift certificate
  • The second-place winner will receive a Center for Fiction tote bag and a $50 bookstore gift certificate
  • The third-place winner will receive a Center for Fiction tote bag and $25 bookstore gift certificate

Final decisions regarding winners and finalists will be made by The Center for Fiction staff. The Center for Fiction reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entries that do not follow the contest rules or contain lewd, obscene, defamatory, or hateful content.

Rules and Eligibility

  • Submissions accepted until May 25th
  • Submissions may be poetry or prose
  • Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 at the time of submission
  • Submissions can be anywhere from 300-1000 words
  • At this time we can only consider stories written in English

Submit Your Entry