5th Grade Story Contest

Every spring the Berkeley Branch holds a story contest for Bay Area Fifth Graders.

The Berkeley Branch of the 102-year-old California Writers Club is proud to sponsor the

28th Annual 5th Grade Story Contest

This year, we will remember Debby Frisch, who organized this contest for the last few years. Tanya Grove is our new contest chair.

This year, we will remember Debby Frisch, who organized this since 2010. Tanya Grove has taken over event responsibilities. Volunteers are welcome!

A Contest for 5th Grade Students in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Award Certificates and Prizes up to $500

Please tell all the 5th grade teachers you know in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that our contest is open! Students can win cash prizes, and the winning story is posted on our website. Deadline is March 12th, 2014. 

Click here to download the flyer.

Deadline: March 12, 2014

Teachers in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are invited to submit one story per student by any number of students. The entry fee is $1 per submission. Entry fees and donations help the club to offer this contest.

Use this link to pay with Paypal — please tell us the name of your school, how many entries, and any additional donation amount. Thank you!

Award Certificates and Prizes:

  • $100 for the best short story written by a fifth-grade student in Alameda or Contra Costa County;
  • $75 for Second Place;
  • $50 for Third Place; and, depending on number of entries,
  • up to 12 Fourth Place prizes of $20.

We will honor the teacher of the grand-prize winner with a cash award of $50. Teachers are entitled to submit an unlimited number of entries.

Contest Rules:

  1. Only teachers may submit entries; entries from students or parents are not accepted.
  2. Stories must be original and the student’s own work.
  3. Only one entry per student may be submitted; teachers may submit any number of entries.
  4. Entries may not exceed 1,000 words in length.
  5. Mail on or before March 12 to:  Story Contest, 1618 Capistrano Ave., Berkeley CA 94707
  6. Entries cannot be returned.
  7. Names of entrants (first name and last initial) may be posted on this page.
  8. All participants are invited to the awards ceremony in June, date TBA.

Names of the winners will be announced by May 15th in local newspapers and on our website.

CWC may publish stories for educational purposes only.

Click here to see past winners!

Awards Ceremony will be held on a Sunday in June; date TBA

We suggest teachers consult www.coreygreen.com, setonhill.edu, or other guides to elements of the short story, to help students produce their best work.

Preparation of Entries:

  • Stories must be typed and printed on one side only of standard white 8-1/2 x 11-inch paper.
  • Please, no fancy paper, covers, or artwork.
  • First page must include title of the story and the word count.
  • Do not write the author’s name or other identification anywhere on the story.
  • On a separate sheet print clearly:  1) Title of story 2) Student’s name 3) Teacher’s name
    4) Teacher’s email 5) School name and address.  (This sheet will be removed during judging.)

The contest will be judged by California Writers Club members through a process known as “blind reading.” This means the judges will not know the name or school of the author of the story.

Questions? Contact us!

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