The Page to Stage Short Story Writing Contest is presented in partnership with The Mark Twain House & Museum. We look forward to continuing the contest next year, please sign up for our eClub to be notified about details for next year's contest!
Congratulations to our 2021 Page to Stage Short Story Contest winners! We look forward to sharing more details about the staged reading of the winner's short story soon.
1st - "Munich 1919" by Rand Richards Cooper
2nd - "Funerals for Strangers" by Jill Zarcone
3rd - "The Lost Boy" by Sharon Fuller
2021 CONTEST DETAILS
Prompt: "In the Audience"
Whether on a bus, at a crowded party, or in an audience at an event, being in a crowd affords a person a degree of anonymity. The choice to participate or observe. In that spirit, your short story should include a perspective of someone in the company of a number of people or spectators gathered for a known or unknown purpose.
Word count: No more than 3,000 words
Read complete contest details.
Submission deadline: March 15, 2021
JUDGING & PRIZES
Judge: Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi, and their family.
First Prize | $500 plus a staged reading of the short story and one-on-one conversation with Ransom Riggs
Second Prize | $250
Third Prize | $125
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submissions are no longer being accepted for the Page to Stage Short Story Contest.