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Short Story Competition

It’s that time of year again! We’re having a short story competition. Please complete the story using the story starters below. (We provide one for grammar students and one for secondary.). Grammar school entries should be 200–500 words. Secondary school entries should be 800–1000 words. All entries must include student name, grade, parents' name, e-mail address, phone number, city, and state. Format must be Word Doc. Please email submissions to lexid@veritaspress.com and use the subject line “Short Story Competition.” Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on March 15, 2017. Judging will be based on these age groups:

Grades 1–3

Grades 4–6

Grades 7–9

Grades 10–12

*Note: Stories can be adapted to be about male or female characters.

Grammar School:

Nothing exciting ever happened in my small town. It was a boring town with a boring school and boring people. Until one day, a new shop opened up on Main Street….

Secondary School:

“...and then when I was six, we moved to Colombia to do mission work,” says the patient.

“And how did that make you feel?” I ask.

“I….I don’t remember,” says the old man, “I was six.”

“Try to relax your mind a bit and recreate the scene.”

“OK.” The patient closes his eyes.

“What do you see?”

“I see...a dirt floor. My mother’s in the kitchen cooking something that smells like onions and spices.”

“Mmmmhmmm,” I say, scribbling on my notepad.

“And I’m playing with this little plastic figurine. It’s some sort of Colombian superhero…”

“Yes, yes..” I scribble some more.

“But its face is melted because I left it next to the tea kettle once.”

I freeze. I look up at the man lying on the couch in my office. I know now why he seems so familiar to me. It’s me. From the future.


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