We're looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less?
Enter GEMA International Short Story Writing Competition Today!
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Checkout the sub-junior category winners of International Story Writing Competition ’23
Discover the best stories of international story writing competition ’22 in the published book of winners.
GEMA International Story Writing Competition ’21 Middle East Winners.
"We aim at inspiring our students to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more in their respective journeys of life."
Get Your Story Published & Sold Worldwide
Top 20 Stories will be Published in Children Story Book, both as Paperback and Ebook. The book is sold in over 30,000 stores across 150+ countries and popular E-commerce store like Amazon. Top 50 Stories will be Published on our website.
Amazing Prizes for Winners & Participants
There are 3 Winners in each Category. Gold, Silver, Bronze Trophies. Winners will get Trophies, Medals, Certificates, GEMA’s Signature 1 Month Story Writing Training Course: ‘Budding Author’ worth $150 and Kidzania Passes.
There is a School Level Winner from each school where there are minimum 50 participants. Winners will get a Gold Medal, $150 worth GEMA’s Signature Training Program: Budding Author for 1 month, certificate, and story publication on our website and quarterly newsletter, sent to over 6000 schools world wide.
$150 Worth Story Writing Course for All
Every Participant will get a 1 month Signature Training Course of GEMA, ‘Budding Author: Creative Writing Program for Kids worth $150’. You can get more details about this course here: BUDDING AUTHOR
Every Participant will get a Certificate.
How to Participate
Its a 3 Step Process.
Step 1: Fill the Form given in the Page above
Step 2: It will redirect you to a payment link, where you can Pay $10 Fee. Don’t close the page after Payment.
Step 3: Once paid the page will redirect you to a Google Form, where you can upload your story.
All submissions are done via form only, we don’t accept any entry via email, except for Bulk entries done by schools.
If you register and plan to upload your story later, please don’t forget to save the web url of the Google Form, as its generated only once, else it will ask you to pay again. Once your story is ready, you can use that web url to submit it straight away.
Before filling the Google Form keep your story doc file , your id proof and transaction number/ payment id ready with you. Transaction number/payment id is given on the receipt sent to you over email post payment.
If you have lost the form link or didn’t get the receipt please check the FAQ section below to get the solution.
Only one entry is accepted per person.
The contest will be in four categories:
(a) Sub-junior (7-8 years)
(b) Junior (9-11 years)
(c) Middle (12-14 years)
(d) Senior(15-18 years)
The minimum required length of the story is as follows:
(a) Sub-junior (7-8 years) – 300 words min
(b) Junior (9-11 years)-500 words min
(c) Middle (12-14 years)-700 words min
(d) Senior(15-18 years)-1000 words min
The upper limit can only be upto 1500 words in all categories.
Preparing your Entry
Stories can be written only In English Language, as a typed doc file only. We don’t accept handwritten entries.
Mention the following information below your story:
(a) Full name
(b) Date of birth
(c) Category entered
(d) Transaction Number as generated by Stripe once Entry Fee is paid
(e) Title of your story
(f) Email address (optional) – parent’s/teacher’s email address can be used here if necessary
(g) School name
You can use any Topic/Genre for your story.
Find the Secrets to Success
Compete with students from 31 Countries
We help new talent go pro, award life-changing opportunity of being a published writer to book as Paperback and E-Book to be sold globally in 150+ countries, and promote student authors worldwide. If you are less than or equal to 18 years of age, you can write a wonderful story and enter the contest. We choose the winners on the basis of originality, characterization, Plot, Theme, Setting & Atmosphere, Mechanics, Writing Quality and Passion.
Explore Our Previous Competitions in 2022
International Story Writing Competition - Winter '22
International Story Writing Competition - Summer '22
GEMA THANKS THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS FOR SUCH AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE
We have a Limited Space so its not possible to include all 230 participating schools, but we are deeply indebted to each and everyone for your kind association with GEMA International Story Writing Competition.3