Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! Short Story Contest, 2010!

** The Amazing Kids! Short Story Contest has now ended. Thank you to all who entered this year’s contest! The winners will be announced on our website at the end of November, so please check back then. Good luck to everyone!

If you aren’t registered, please be sure to sign up for our free eNewsletter, as we will be announcing the content winners in our Amazing Kids! eNewsletter as well.! **


Amazing Kids! thanks the following sponsors for partnering with us in this Short Story Contest.

Do you love to write?

Do you enjoy seeing your writing published online?

Then here’s a contest for budding writers just like you!

What’s more, this year’s prizes are super fantastic! Winners will be published in the Amazing Kids! Online Magazine, and will receive a box of books from Random House, some cool goodies including a flash drive, Carnival notebook, Carnival pen and a towel animal from Carnival Cruises, and the grand prize winner will receive a Nintendo DSi XL! So don’t delay! Get writing today!

Please read and follow the rules carefully.


What: The Amazing Kids! Short Story Contest, 2010

Who: The contest is open to kids ages 6-17.

Age Categories: There will be one winner selected from each of the following age categories:

  • 6-7
  • 8-9
  • 10-11
  • 12-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

When: Contest deadline is October 30, 2010.

How: Write a story, in 1,500 words or less, with a subject and genre of your own choosing. Please make sure your story is kid-friendly.

**Stories which contain violence or other inappropriate themes or subject matter for kids will be disqualified.**

Please include the following with your entry:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Age
  3. Email Address
  4. Parent’s Email Address if under age 13
  5. Mailing Address
  6. Phone Number

Important Note: Parental signature/permission required for children under age 13 to participate. Submissions without a parent or guardian’s signature will not be eligible for judging.

For emailed submissions, parents should include the sentence: “I hereby give my child permission to enter the Amazing Kids! Short Story Contest 2010” and either scan their signature and include it with their child’s submission, or and write their name and the words “Digital Signature.” Parents must also include their email address, for confirmation purposes.

The story will be judged on the following:

  1. Creativity and Originality of Story
  2. Story Composition and Overall Structure
  3. Spelling and grammar
  4. Staying within the 1,500 word limit

Where: All entries should be emailed to Amazing Kids! at:

Important: Please include the words: “SS Contest” and your name (name of person entering the contest) in the subject line.

Please send attachments as either a Microsoft Word .doc or .rft format, or include your stories directly in the body of your email.

Please note: Preferred method for submitting an entry is email; please send stories by “snail mail” only if email is not available to you.

Submissions which cannot be submitted via email should be sent to:

Amazing Kids!

20126 Ballinger Way NE Suite 239

Shoreline, WA 98155

Please note: All entries will be considered property of Amazing Kids! and cannot be returned, so be sure to make copies of your work!


Winners will each receive the following amazing prizes:

1. Publication in the Amazing Kids! Online Magazine

2. Books from Random House Children’s Books

3. Cool goodies from Carnival Cruises including a flash drive, Carnival notebook, Carnival pen and a towel animal

4. ONE grand prize winner will receive a Nintendo DSi XL.


  1. Amethyst Velez /

    When are the results going to be posted becuase it is december now.

  2. Ashlynn Kroeger /

    i was just curious as to when the results will be posted, for the winners of the short story contest.i’ve been checking in since yesterday, and havent seen them yet, so i was just wondering if maybe i could get a head’s up on what time today they’d be up, so i knew when to check back in. thank you.
    a very nervous and excited contestant ^_^

    • We expect within the week! Winners are being finalized now, we are very excited too!

  3. Sadie Wallner /

    When will the results become known to the kids?




  5. Nina- Kelly /

    My daughter Rebekah was wondering do you have to press Share your sotry! to send it to the right place because she just sent it on normal email instead of clicking share your story! to write it?

    • Cate, Amazing Kids! Webmaster /

      No mam! You can use that button as an easy way to open an email with the correct email address already in the TO field; but any email that is sent to will be sent to the correct place! Thank you for your daughter’s entry! ~ Amazing Kids! webmaster, Cate

  6. Dr.Daniel /

    I am an Indian. Can my child participate in this contest?

    Please clarify.

    • Cate, Amazing Kids! Webmaster /

      Dr. Daniel, absolutely! We have no restrictions whatsoever for this contest other than age. This ensures that ONLY kids are submitting stories. Please see the contest rules to ensure your child is the appropriate age and then we welcome you to send in their story and your parental approval for the submission if necessary. Thank you for the question! ~ Amazing Kids Webmaster, Cate

  7. Amanda /

    Thank you, I had the same question.

  8. Margaret Thomson /

    My child was wondering whether his submission in the contest would mean he would be unable to later publish the story. If he wins or not, does the story become your property and he would be unable to submit for publication as a book or short story?
    Thank you.
    I’m glad he thinks of such complicated questions.