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Congrats to the V-Day Victors of 2021! 

1st Place:  Red Sauce,  by Sean Fosse

2nd Place:  Will You Be Mine, Post-Apocalyptic Valentine?,  by Ross Denyer

3rd Place:  It Was The Best Day, and The Worst Day, by Carmen Fong

is a recurring creative

writing competition open

to writers of all ages and

         experience levels. Participants are  given up to a week to write a short story (A.K.A. "shtory") of 1,000 words or less, based on the given contest theme. The 

 top placing stories will be published   

   and credited online and across

       social media, and the

         grand prize winners 

           are awarded a

              cash prize!

Next up...

Shpring is in the Air!

...and thus, we celebrate how Moses freed his people by with mighty plagues of chocolate eggs and bunny rabbits.

Until Shtories are Due!

Shpring is in the Air!


  • Shtories must be under 1,000 words in length (which typically translates to about a page and a half).


  • Prompts will be emailed to registered participants only on the evening of February 5th; shtories will be due one week later, at 12pm EST on February 12th; winners will be announced on Valentine's Day. 

  • Shtories may be any genre, but must include at least one of the provided prompts.


  • The top three shtories will be published online, but only the first place writer wins the Grand Prize of $200





  • To ensure that your shtory is judged anonymously and objectively, please be sure to follow these submission instructions carefully:​

    • E-mail your short story as an attachment to . The title of the attached document must be the title of your short story. 

    • The subject line of the email must beShpring Submission 2021(which will be filled in automatically by clicking the email link above).

    • The body of the email must contain both the shtory title, and author's name.

    • The author's name must not appear anywhere in the attached shtory! To ensure that the judging process remain anonymous and unbiased, it is crucial that the shtory author's name be revealed only in the body of the email!

ShtoryTime! was launched in 2020 by Georgia Warner, a multi-hyphenate in the entertainment industry, and the former head judge and lead editor of the much-beloved "Boo! Short & Scary Story Contest" (a Hamptons-wide contest hosted annually by The Independent, a multi-award winning newspaper for which Georgia also worked as resident arts & culture journalist). When the long-time publication unexpectedly dissipated in March, so too did "Boo," and the opportunity to inspire and publish the creative writings of so many hundreds of children and young adults each year was brought to a sad and sudden halt. 

The competition always held a special place in Georgia's heart due to her having won the grand prize as a local twelve-year-old, and coming full-circle to be the official judge of the contest so many years later. She was not about to let the contest go without a fight! And so, independently of The Independent, Georgia created ShtoryTime!

Though largely inspired by contest she formerly oversaw, ShtoryTime! was built with a different set of goals guidelines. Unique to ShtoryTime! is the chance for all writers, from young novices to award-winning authors, to join the creative challenges. More than just a Halloween contest now, ShtoryTime! was created as a holiday contest, providing writers a chance to celebrate their creativity multiple times throughout the year!