Short Story Contest

Short Story Contest Promo with $500 prize


Welcome to the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s Short Story Contest

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an author or publishing a book? Whether you’re a writing pro or just looking to see what you can do, now is your chance!
If you’re in Grades 3-12, you’re invited to enter the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s annual short story contest.  

Canadian Children’s author, Naseem Hrab* is this year’s judge.  This is your chance to have your story read by a published author! Click here to join Naseem for a weekly video that’ll get you inspired to start writing now!

There are fantastic prizes to be won! Winners receive plaques, gift cards, and printed anthologies of the winning stories. The best overall story will also win the Seepe Walters Award, a $500 grand prize. 

So what are you waiting for?  Enter now!  

*Naseem Hrab is a writer, storyteller, lover of comedy and former library worker who now works in children’s publishing in Toronto, Ontario. 
Naseem means spring breeze in Farsi and Hrab is Ukrainian for hornbeam tree.


Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020, at midnight

Are there page limits? Yes! 

Grades 3-6 (junior division):
Minimum 1 page (250 words), maximum of 4 pages (1000 words)

Grades 7-8 (intermediate division):
Minimum 2 pages (500 words), maximum of 8 pages (2000 words)

Grades 9-12 (senior division):
Minimum 3 pages (750 words), maximum of 12 pages (3000 words)

Are there specific rules? Yes!

  • Original fiction only, please
  • Type your story in 12-point font
  • Submit your story electronically as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Open Office (.odt) document using the webform below (No PDFs please)
  • Do not include your name on any of the pages of your story (this information is collected through the entry form)

Please note: if you are having difficulties submitting your story using the form below, please email it instead to Please ensure that the body of the email includes all the information required by the form below, including your acknowledgment of the content’s rules, and that your story is attached in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .odt (open office).

Ready to enter?
Fill out the form below, upload your story and hit submit! It’s that easy. Good luck!

*Please confirm the spelling of your name as this is how it will appear for prizing.

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

How do I know if I’ve won? 
Five finalists from each category will be notified in December. Due to the large number of entries we receive, only winners will be notified. Whether or not your story wins a prize this year, you are still a winner for having the courage to put your story out into the world. Keep being brave, keep believing in yourself, and keep writing! We look forward to reading more of your work!

Let’s Celebrate! 
Winners will be announced on Friday January 22, 2020.

Go on, take a look! You’ll be amazed at the talent and creativity you’ll find here.

2019 Anthology
2018 Anthology
2017 Anthology
2016 Anthology
2015 Anthology
2014 Anthology
2013 Anthology
2012 Anthology
2011 Anthology
2010 Anthology
2009 Anthology
2008 Anthology.