Realistic Fiction Contest

Contest Rules

Submission Deadline: January 10th, 2020


Melted Crayons, the student-run literary magazine of Bay Ridge Prep, is hosting a realistic fiction writing contest for all fifth graders!

Entry Guidelines:

  • All participants must be current 5th graders.  Current Bay Ridge Prep fifth grade students are ineligible.
  • Stories must be written during the current  school year.
  • All stories must be realistic fiction.
  • Stories must have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 2,000 words.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • All stories need to be school appropriate (no violent or offensive words or images).

Submission Procedures:

  • All entries should be emailed to
  • Stories should appear in the body of the email from a parent or guardian’s email account.. Attachments will not be opened.
  • Please include your name, school, and teacher’s name in the subject line of your email.


All entries will be judged by the middle school editorial board of Melted Crayons Literary Magazine using the judging criteria and percentages below:

50% Creativity and originality of  plot and/or themes

50% Story structure and use of literary devices.


One (1) First Place Winner: $100, an invitation to a special awards reception, and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of Melted Crayons.

Three (3) Runner-ups: Publication in the Spring 2020 issue of Melted Crayons!

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