Short Story Contest

A contest hosted by the Matthews Opera House


Contest entries due by May 31
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CALLING NORTHERN HILLS WRITERS OF ALL AGES! The Matthews Opera House is hosting a Short Story Contest and we want your miniature literary works to be a part of it! There is no theme, so the story is completely up to you. It can be fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, romance, comedy, drama….or anything else you can think of.

There will be CASH PRIZES for in each age category, and the first place winners will have their story read dramatically by members of the Matthews Reader’s Theater group in a video which will then be posted online. Prizes and contest details are below.

Contest Details

  1. Stories should be between 500 and 3000 words for adults and between 250 and 1500 for children. While this is more of a suggestion rather than a stringent guideline, stories deemed to be too long may not be considered.
  2. Short stories must be emailed to [email protected] by May 31. In the email include your name, phone number, story title, and make sure to attach the story file to your email.
  3. Any story that is partially or entirely plagiarized will be immediately disqualified.
  4. A panel of judges will read and score the stories to determine the winners.


Adult (Ages 14+)

1st Place: $75 and your story read online by the Reader’s Theater performers

2nd Place: $50

3rd Place: $25

Children (Ages 13 and under)

1st Place: $25 and your story read online by the Reader’s Theater performers


Winner Announcement

Winners will be announced by June 5. The Readers’ Theater video will be published as soon as it is completed.


Date and Time:
Sunday, May 31, 2020






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Contest entries due by May 31

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