The Center for Fiction National Teen Storyteller 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 their best work on the theme of Friendship for a chance to win publication to The Center for Fiction’s Short Story Dispenser, online publication on our website, a cash prize, and more. We invite entries to respond broadly to the theme of friendship. The stories should be between 300-1000 words. Submit your story through the Short Edition portal by clicking below. Stories will be accepted through November 30, 2021. Winners will be announced in December!

*UPDATE: Stories submitted are now being judged. Each candidate will be informed of our decision –– published, shortlisted, finalist, or winner –– by email. Thank you for submitting!*

The three winning stories will be uploaded and available through The Center for Fiction’s Short Story Dispenser, located in their bookstore, in addition to being published on The Center for Fiction and Decameron Project websites.

  • The first-place winner will receive a $100 cash prize, a $100 bookstore gift certificate, and a CFF tote bag.
  • The second-place winner will receive $50 bookstore gift certificate and a CFF tote bag.
  • The third-place winner will receive a $25 bookstore gift certificate and a CFF tote bag.


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 November 30th (The deadline has now passed!)
  • 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