Jersey Shorts

Jersey Shorts

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

Dates for this year’s contest will be announced soon.  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 participate in an evening where their works will be read by professional actors. All winners will receive a Governor’s Award.

The three winners for the 2018 competition are:

  • Emily Mayo, a senior at Bergen County Academies
  • Samantha Parelli, a freshman at Newark Academy
  • Owen Walor, a sophomore at Holmdel High School

Writers Theatre would like to congratulate the winners and we thank everyone who entered!

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, and the contest submission form will be available below when the contest submissions reopen.

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