Jersey Shorts

Jersey Shorts

A Statewide Prose-Writing Contest for students Grades 9-12

Submissions for this year’s Jersey Shorts contest closed as of the contest deadline, December 1, 2017.  Keep checking back for details on next year’s contest!

Jersey Shorts is a contest celebrating New Jersey student prose-writers. All students– public and private schools, as well as home-school and alternative school environments– in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent) are eligible.

A total of three New Jersey students were selected. Writers will also participate in an evening where their works will be read by professional actors. All winners will receive a Governor’s Award.

Students were asked to submit two works– a 1500-word prose fiction story and a 750-word piece of “Flash Fiction” based on a prompt decided annually by the Jersey Shorts contest organizers.

Submission guidelines and timeline, selection criteria, the Flash Fiction prompt, and the contest submission form are below.

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