Short Story


A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic. Traditional elements of the short story include plot, characters, style, setting, structure, tone, theme and narrative point of view. These elements may guide a writer in the creation of a short story, but not all elements will be clearly identifiable in every story.


  1. Only one (1) notarized Short Story written only by the contestant, with six (6) copies of the notarized original should be submitted on or before the specified deadline. The top of each page must include the contestant’s name, page number and unit name and number.
  2.  The Short Story must be typed, double-spaced and between 1000 and 1500 words.
  3.  The contestant must be prepared to answer questions by the judges.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of National registration documents is the first Friday in May. No materials or copies will be accepted at the National Competition

Contestants Will Be Judged by the Following Criteria:

  • General Merit  (25 pts.)
    • Organization – order, placement and development of structural elements such as characters, events, conflicts
    • Use of language – effective word choice and use of stylistic elements such as description, dialogue, and verbal images
  • Mechanics   (25 pts.)
    • Usage
    • Punctuation / Capitalization / Spelling
  • Overall Effect  (50 pts.) -
    • The unity and effective coordination of all story elements to produce an emotional response in the reader and communicate a message or main idea