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Writing Contest for Young People

Banner for Writing Contest for Children & Youth, sponsored by This House of Books, your community-owned, independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings Montana

   DEADLINE EXTENDED to October 20, 2018!   

We think that short stories are awesome. Now's your chance to write one and maybe even see it published. This House of Books is sponsoring a writing contest for children and youth. The winning stories will appear in an anthology we will publish later this year. 

Who Can Participate?

All Yellowstone County (Montana) students, grades K–12, are eligible to enter a short story in our writing contest.

How to Enter

Write an original short story of no more than 10 pages, double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman typeface. Make sure the name of your story (not your name) appears on every page and number your pages.

Include a cover page with your entry. On the cover page,  please include the following:

  • Your name;
  • Current grade level;
  • The title of your short story;
  • Telephone number;
  • Email address;
  • Mailing address; and
  • Your parent or guardian’s name.  

Email your original short story as an MS Word document file (.doc) to Julie Schultz at by October 15, 2018.


  • One entry per person.
  • No entry fee.
  • Entries must be original and have never been published. 

This contest requires the signature of the child's parent or guardian to signify that work is original and to give consent for the child to enter the contest. You can drop off a& statement to this effect or mail it to us at

This House of Books
BILLINGS MT 59101-1935

Children of THoB staff, board members, and contest judges are not eligible to participate.

And the Winner…

A winner will be chosen from each grade level for future publication in a book anthology sponsored by This House of Books. Each winner will get to see his or her story in print and will receive one complimentary copy of the book. 

An Awards Ceremony will take place in early December at This House of Books.


Send us an email or message us on Facebook with your questions.

Remember: It's easier to win that you'd think it would be. Enter soon!