Outside my window
A competition with the New School's WriteOn NYC
Outside my window
A competition with the New School's WriteOn NYC
Outside my window
A competition with the New School's WriteOn NYC
Outside my window
A competition with the New School's WriteOn NYC
Outside my window
A competition with the New School's WriteOn NYC
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About The Contest

What’s outside your window? The great F. Scott Fitzgerald once opined: “Life is much more successfully looked at through a single window.”  For the next few weeks, we want you all to show us your corner of the world –– whether fact, fiction, or somewhere in between. Be creative, be thoughtful, be yourself.

Partnering with WriteOn, a program from The New School, we’re proud to usher in 2021 by announcing a joint competition: “Outside My Window.”

All work will be published on our site, decameronproject.org. If you choose to share your story with a photo of yourself and a short biography, we’ll add you to our wall of young storytellers and broadcast your story on our social media platforms. And if you write a truly great story, the luminary Jason Reynolds will read it aloud.

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

Awards and Judging

All submissions will be reviewed by The Decameron Project’s dedicated team. Shortlisted submissions will then be judged by a panel of esteemed teachers, authors, and professors working with WriteOn. Bestselling author Jason Reynolds, with their recommendation, will then make the final selection of winners and honorable mentions.

  • First prize will be awarded $250 dollars and have their story read aloud by Jason Reynolds
  • Two Runners-Up will be awarded $100 each.
  • A number of Honorable Mentions will be announced.
  • Every entry will be published here on The Decameron Project’s website.

Rules and Eligibility

  • Submissions accepted until March 15th (The deadline has now passed!)
  • Submissions may be poetry or prose
  • Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 19 at the time of submission
  • Submissions must be below 1500 words
  • At this time we can only consider stories written in English

Harini

Karthikeyan

Cranbury

Other Grade

Ndeshimona

Kuzatjike

Windhoek, Namibia

10th Grade

Lynnessa

Marrow

Millis

Millis Middle School

Other Grade

Layla

R

Nyack

Nyack Middle School

Other Grade

Kyle

Laydor

Brooklyn

New Visions Advanced Math and Science 3

11th Grade

Mya

L

South Burlington

9th Grade

Sarah

Bailey

Kansas City

9th Grade

Kihanna

Lezama

Bronx

New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science ll

9th Grade