Introducing A New Spin On StoryMakers
For the past 10 years, Rocky Mountain PBS has celebrated young writers with the StoryMakers short story contest. This year, we are asking all 6th, 7th and 8th grade authors in Colorado to submit a short, fictional story that captures a Colorado “sense of place.” Whatever the story is that you imagine and want to tell, we want Colorado to be a primary presence.
Colorado is a place, it’s a feeling, it’s a smell, it’s a picture….you can touch it, see it, taste it. Setting includes more than just environment. It includes any external details that reveal more about experiences, observations, characters (how they react and feel), etc.
Setting can be an active force in a story; think of a farmer on the eastern plains terrified the drought will be so severe he’s not sure he can feed his family this year. Or think of a young boy who loses his way hiking and is led back by a spirit of the Ute tribe. Or think of a woman living far in the future who stumbles upon a strange cave high in the mountains in a place once called Colorado. In this way, setting can be a character in the story….a central element that shapes and drives the narrative, the characters, the conflicts and the resolutions.
Stories may only be submitted online (Word documents only/no Google docs!) from September 25 - November 22, 2017.
Click here for Rules and Guidelines (READ THESE FIRST!)
StoryMakers is supported with a grant from Douglas County Libraries.
- Entries are judged on the integration of the Colorado as a “sense of place,” originality, creative expression and storytelling.
- StoryMakers is in its eleventh year and each year we receive over 700 state-wide entries.
- Finalists (eight for each grade) will be named in December 2017/January 2018 and invited to an all-day workshop (and station tour) facilitated by an instructor from Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a journalist at the Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver on Saturday, January 20, 2018.
- Awards Luncheon will be held in the Denver area on Saturday, February 24, 2018 and attended by all finalists and their families. Winners are announced and special prizes awarded.
- Winners’ stories are published on the Rocky Mountain PBS website.
- StoryMakers is generously supported by Douglas County Libraries
For questions, email Susan Barber firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the 2016 StoryMakers’
Winners and Finalists!
Click on the story titles to read them online.
1st Place: Sive Kelliher - "The Desert" (Denver School of the Arts)
2nd Place: Lillian Sturhahn - "The Chocolate Shake" (Denver School of the Arts)
3rd Place: Lauren Brown - "Daughter of the Moon" (Coal Ridge Middle School)
Aditi Jegannath - "Be YoursELF" (Rocky Heights Middle School)
Kate Bestall - "The Jealous Goldfish" (Evergreen Middle School)
Stephanie O’Flaherty - "Lab Rats" (East Grand Middle School)
Rowan Hillhouse - "A Cinderella Story" (Denver School of the Arts)
Elizabeth Cronk - "Ayomide the Spotted Zebra" (Overland Trail Middle School)
1st Place: Sophia Feghali - "Stinky Bleu and the Death Cheese" (Holy Family Catholic School)
2nd Place: Julia Thomas - "The Sound of Red" (Denver School of the Arts)
3rd Place: Gabriel Jani - "As the Fog Lifted" (Logan School for Creative Learning)
Olivia Sherwood - "Growing Up to Be a Child" (Lesher Middle School)
Jonathan Paul - "Rebecca" (Trailridge Middle School)
Molly Brunswick - "The Scarlet Dragon" (Homeschool)
Ellen Rogers - "Paper Airplanes" (Denver School of the Arts)
Lekha Masoudi - "When the Bombs Stop" (Logan School for Creative Learning)
1st Place: Francee Schloesser - "The Mechanics of Forever" (Denver School of the Arts)
2nd Place: Aadi Nashikkar - "A Single Minute" (The Colorado Springs School)
3rd Place: William Bernstein - "The Traitor and the Virus" (Logan School for Creative Learning)
Layne Thompson - "The Space in Between" (Holy Family Catholic Church)
Ethan Moore - "Thomas Was Alone" (North Arvada Middle School)
Gina Carlo - "Mistakes" (Prospect Ridge Academy)
Natalie Wadhwa - "Necessities of Gnomes" (Denver School of the Arts)
Destiny Wrich - "Her Darkest Hour" (Holy Family Catholic School)