A contest to encourage young writers!

When the cup turned over...

First, Second, Third, and the Honorable Mentions receive:
Print copy of the YWA Collection
Invitation to the Readings

Finalists receive:
An ebook copy of the YWA Collection
Significant discounts on print copies, ordered through Amazon
Invitation to the Readings

Entries can be emailed to SLWGSubmissions (@) gmail (dot) com

Entries can be mailed individually or as a group or class.
St. Louis Writers Guild
Attn: Young Writers Awards
P.O. Box 411757
St. Louis, MO

Young Writers Awards

St. Louis Writers Guild's annual writing contest for young writers!

Opens August 1 - Deadline November 1

All entries must be emailed or postmarked on November 1


The Young Writers Awards by St. Louis Writers Guild were started in 2011 to continue the legacy of encouraging tomorrow's authors. This year we're excited to announce, all the Winners and Finalists will be published in a collection! Details are on the entry form. Winners receive a free print copy while finalists receive a free ebook. Print copies are available to all winners and finalists at a significant discount. The YWA Collection is in response to multiple requests to give everyone the feeling of not only having their story honored, but also published!

The contest officially opens on August 1st and will close on November 1st. Entries must be postmarked on or before November 1st.

Who is eligible? Any young writer may enter so long as they qualify for one of the two age groups. The young writers must be currently enrolled in 4th – 5th grade or 6th – 8th grades.

Write an original story that begins with the First Line: When the cup turned over…”
Stories must have more than 250 words to a maximum of 500 words. Stories may be scary, adventurous, humorous, or just plain fun. Judging will be based on originality, characters, cohesiveness, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

A separate contest entry form must be attached to every story you send us. You may download and photocopy the entry form.

First sentence for the 2019 Young Writers Awards

When the cup turned over...

The next 500 words are yours. Good luck!
Winner will be honored at the SLWG Holiday Party in December!

Finalists will be published in the Young Writers Awards Collection

The top 16+ stories chosen as finalists in each category will be published in a collection produced by St. Louis Writers Guild. No money will be paid. A print copy will be awarded to the top six winners. Other finalists receive a free ebook and may purchase the print anthology at a significant discount. 

Additional prizes may be awarded.

What are the grounds for disqualification?

Cheating of any kind, in the opinion of the contest officials, will disqualify the story from consideration. Examples of cheating: plagiarism (copying) of a published story for any part of a contest-submitted story, submitting another writer’s original work as one’s own story.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Young Writers Awards

6th-8th grade writers

1st Elise Humes – Something In My Lunchbox
2nd Hope Zeldin – Get that Ring!
3rd Avery Mattingly – One Person Changes Everything

Honorable Mentions
Lydia Crooks - The Lunchbox
Sonali Mehta – Broken Dreams
Yasmine Maynard - “Cage”

4th-5th Grade

1st Jason Campbell – George, The Jolly Rancher
2nd Millie Holekamp – Pandora’s Lunchbox
3rd Avi Zucker, Aimee Dalton – Pitchfork Lunch

Honorable Mentions
Quinn Puga – The Orangutan’s Contract
Fiona Morayta – Squirrelzilla!
Hannah Hirsch – My Brother’s Star Wars Lunch Box

Thank you to everyone who entered, there were almost 200 hundred entries this year!