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Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 7

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Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
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Summer Stories – Week 5 Winner

Congratulations to Vikram S., grade 8, at Tuckahoe Area Library! Vikram’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Howard will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 5 Prompt:
There is an ancient creature living under the school.

Vikram’s Winning Story:
The ground erupted! Dirty, dusty pieces of the floor flew everywhere.

“Run for your lives,” a boy yelled as the monstrosity emerged from the hole. It had the head of a boar with enormous fangs and the body of a man, it was the Rakshasa.

Most of the class was shocked at what they were seeing; but then Rakshasa let out a howling screech that snapped them out of there trance. Children began to run everywhere, but one boy named Jim remained calm. He thought to himself I can do this, I can escape this, all I have to is hide until this ancient creature goes away, so he hid under a desk, but that wasn’t enough. Rakshasa could smell his fear from a mile away.

So as Rakshasa went on the prowl, Jim was saying a silent prayer, “Please,” he mumbled, “If anyone can hear me, please help.”

As soon as the words left his mouth, Jim’s teacher, Mrs. Wright, kicked the door open.

Mrs. Wright looked terrified, but she still managed to stutter, “I don’t care what you are, but I won’t let you harm any of my students.”

Rakshasa turned toward her slowly and began to make his way to her, and just before he could strike, the school bell rang. It was too high-pitched for the Rakshasa and it flew back into the dark pit from which it came. Saved by the bell yet again!

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

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Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 6

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Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
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Summer Stories – Week 4 Winner

Congratulations to Howard T., grade 12, at Twin Hickory Area Library! Howard’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Howard will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 4 Prompt:
Twin brothers inhabit one human body and one wolf body. Neither brother can be human all the time, and neither of them wants to be a wolf forever, until…

Howard’s Winning Story:
Breath billowing in the frigid breeze, I grasped at the wool draping from my scraggly nape. A thin lunar grin bestowed welcome light upon a blanketed wooden cabin, where inside a kindled flame’s soft glow boasted a silhouetted figure standing in the doorway.

He called out to me, “I’ve finished with dinner. Time for switching.”

Routinely, I retraced my way back from the high precipice where the view offered me so much solace. I knew my brother, Romulus, would only do the same after (reluctantly) inhabiting this body – to gaze upon the merchant’s village brilliantly shrouded in the fog of subliming mountains.

Once in the cabin, the mirror shard we had found and hung on the wall unwittingly revealed familiar jaunty eyes inset on a majestic yet forlorn face.

“Remus, your hand.”

We were sensitive to our own humanity. In the human body, we could communicate our trade and converse with the lass we had mutual affection for. Alas, our curse allows not for that perpetuity. Our paw and hand met, and for an instant, our minds melded. It was a practiced and necessary compromise in our lives throughout all lingering memory, all to each gain human tactility for half a day.

I opened my eyes and started. “What…?”

“I dunno,” he replied in shock, “I reckon we’re liberated… But that cannot be!”

“Yes, it can,” someone whispered. We slowly turned to find the gossamery Arina from the neighboring village perched on the doorstep. “Because I will love you both.”

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

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Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 5

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.