ds publishing’s 2nd Annual Aspiring authors writing competition

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Writing Competition 2019 - Closed for entries

DS Publishing is excited to announce its second annual aspiring authors writing competition for the young aspiring authors out there! The theme for this year’s competition is “The Kid Who Stood Out". When you hear this sentence what does your imagination see? Who is this kid? Boy or girl? Why did he/she stand out? Look at the empty paper in front of you and let your words fill it with a whole new world, new characters and a new special story to share with us. We can't wait to read the story you come up with!

Contest Rules

  • Contest is open for children 8-13, US and CANADA only.

  • Entries must be typed and in English.

  • Maximum story length is 1500 words.

  • Story entries only (not poetry).

  • The story must be related to the theme of the competition “The Kid Who Stood Out".

  • Entries must be the original unpublished work of the child entering the contest.

  • Only one entry per child is allowed.

  • Please use the registration form below to register. You must attach the form with your entry whether you decide to email or mail your entry.

  • DEADLINE POSTPONED: All entries must be postmarked/emailed by March 8th, 2019.

  • There's a $15 USD registration fee for your entry.

  • Stories will not be returned.


How to enter

  • Download the Registration Form by clicking here, type your story and either email or mail them to us with the registration fee.

  • If mail please make the check payable to “DS Publishing". Send your entry to: 9415 Conbar Lane, Helotes, TX, 78023.

  • If email please send your entry to dana@ds-publishing.com with the subject line: Writing Competition 2019. (To send the payment through PayPal please send the money to: yousuf_adventures@yahoo.com, make sure you write the name of the child as a note when making the payment).



Winners will receive prizes as follows:

  • 1st Place: $300 USD

  • 2nd Place: $200 USD

  • 3rd Place: $100 USD

Winners will be announced by June 30th, 2019. Winning entries will be published on our website and featured on our social media accounts after June 30th, 2019. 

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For questions please email: dana@ds-publishing.com