Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! 2015 Summer Fiction Contest – Best Missing Homework Excuse Ever! – FINISHED

Check out the winners on the Amazing Kids! Contests Page!

Amazing Kids! Magazine is proud to announce that the 2015 Summer Fiction Contest is now open for submissions! With school out, we thought it would be fun to have a contest that picks the best excuses for not being able to turn in your homework at school. We are looking for funny, creative, and unique stories about something that happened the night before that made turning in your homework impossible. Let your imaginations soar!

This contest is open to kids all around the world in ages 7 – 15. We have split the categories into the following age groups: 7 – 9, 10 – 11, 12 – 14, and 15 – 18. One winner will be chosen in each category to win a Pinblock bulding system worth $54.99 along with an official certificate verifying their winning entry and publication in the Amazing Kids! Magazine. Submit all entries by AUGUST 1st at midnight PST to be considered! Please look below for rules and regulations – if your entry does not comply with our rules, it will not be considered in the contest! Email if you have any questions about the rules or the contest in general.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the age limits?
A. This contest is limited to ages 7 to 18. You must state your CURRENT age, not the age that you wrote the story.

Q. How should I format my entry?
A. Stories should be written in English, with submissions of up to 1,500 words. Stories exceeding this length will not be considered. Submit your entry as a Microsoft Word document.
Please make sure your story is kid-friendly.
**Stories which contain violence or other inappropriate themes or subject matter for kids will be disqualified.**

Also be sure to include all essential information, including your name, age, address, phone number(s) and e-mail address in the body of the e-mail and at the beginning of your story. Your story should be saved with this naming convention: Last name, First Name, age, Story Title. As an example: Traynor,Ryan,16, Firestorm

You may include drawings or pictures with your story but they will NOT be considered during judging.

Q. How do I submit my entry?
A. E-mail your submission to

Each e-mail submission will receive a return message verifying that the essay was received.

Q. What happens if I exceed the word limit?
A. Your essay will not be considered. There is no word minimum.

Q, Can I choose to remain anonymous?
A. No. We must be able to publish both your story and name.

Q. Do I need to attach a cover letter?
A. No, as long as you included the information required at the start of your story.

Q. When will the winners be announced?
A. The winners will be announced on the contest page starting September 1st.

Q. If I submit my story to you, am I allowed to publish it somewhere else?
A. Yes. The rights to your story remain with you. You just give us permission to publish your story in our magazine by submitting it to our contest.

Q. When will the winners be announced?
A. The winners will be announced on the contest page starting September 1st.

Q. Is there just one prize?
A. No. A separate prize will be given out to the winners of each age group with a value of $54.99 (see description below). Winner Certificates will also be provided to the winners and their story will be published in an issue of Amazing Kids! Magazine.

Q. What do I win?
A. A fabulous new building system called Pinblock. The Pinblock Builder Freestyle box is perfect for the creative builder with 1000 pieces to build, design, and create imaginative projects. This set has 5 different colors to challenge your creativity. The flexibility of the Pinblocks allows you to move beyond very rigid, fixed construction designs. If you think you might be the inventor of the future, then this set is for you. It is educational and perfect for STEM development because you can make 3D models, design wearables, and create art! Each piece is made with high grade ABS-15A1 plastic, ASTM F963-11 tested by Intertek for safety.

Manufacturer’s Retail Price: $54.99


  1. London Gillespie /

    Can I use other documents instead of Microsoft Word if I don’t have that on my computer.

    • Anonymous /

      I was wondering the same thing…

    • Hi London,

      Yes, you can use .rtf, .txt or .pdf formats. You can also use Google Docs if you have a Google Account. You may also just type the story into the body of your email and send it that way, if that is easiest for you. Good luck! 🙂