Jersey Shorts

Jersey Shorts

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

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. Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Grades 9-10
  • Grades 11-12

A total of six students, each representing North, Central, and Southern New Jersey, will be 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.

A special award will be given to a number of Flash Fiction pieces as well.

Students will be 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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