Alpha Textbooks strongly supports peer editing, that means that you can swap stories and help your friends out with revisions, proof read, or do other forms of editing. Having a story reviewed by a peer can help it along the way – it can make a good story great. But for this year, all submissions must be authored by one person. This keeps the contest fair. If you would love to see collaborations accepted in future years, please write to us to let us know.
Yes. The themes are put in place to help you generate ideas. For the contest to be fair, all submissions must be on the theme for students’ grade category. If you are having difficulty writing the story, check out these useful articles on writer’s block or story writing tips, or read some advice from one of last year’s winners.
Don’t worry. We’ll treat every situation on a case-by-case basis. Remember to get your story in by the deadline, December 4, 11:59 p.m., for good measure.
Stories must be on theme, properly formatted, previously unpublished and originally written by you – an Ontario student. If your story is written by two or more people, not your original work, is off topic, formatted poorly, or been published before, it will be disqualified.
While we encourage email submissions, because it gives you more confidence that your story has reached its destination, you can always mail your story in the post. If you mail your story before the contest deadline, then it will be postmarked with the date, so don’t worry. It only takes a few days for mail to travel through Ontario.
It might take us a bit longer to process mailed in submissions, but trust that you will get an email confirming that we received your submission. If you do not receive and email within a week of mailing your story, contact us right away!
Unfortunately, we are not accepting submissions this year that are identified as pure collaborations, though we are thinking of introducing it in future years. We do strongly support and encourage peer reviewing and editing. If you would like to see story collaborations in the contest, please write us.
As many or as few students can submit. It’s up to you and them. All entries will be judged equally and anonymously. Some teachers have all their students write a story, but let the students decide if they want to submit.
Please note that pizza parties are assigned to classes that submit as a whole.
It’s your choice. You can participate as a judge, but not have your class submit. You can participate as a judge and have your class submit.
If students in your class submit, their anonymous stories, along with submissions from other schools, will be assigned to another judge for the shortlisting process. If those stories are shortlisted, then they will be evaluated by you and all the judges for the final round.
Yes, some teachers include submitting to the short story contest as part of a class assignment.
If your entire class submits, but a December pizza party date doesn’t work for you, let us know and we will do our best to work something out.