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NEA Big Read 2023

National Teen Storyteller Contest: Stereotypes


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Submissions Accepted May 1 to June 30, 2023

Note: The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 30th!

The Center for Fiction invites young writers, ages 13-18 to submit their best work for our National Teen Storyteller Contest. As part of our programming for the 2023 NEA Big Read celebration of Charles Yu’s  Interior Chinatown, we are looking for short fiction on the theme of Stereotypes for a chance to win publication to our Short Story Dispenser, online publication on our website, and more!

The damaging effects of stereotypes are central to the remarkable story told in Charles Yu’s brilliant novel Interior Chinatown. With this year’s Big Read programming, we aim to shine a light on perspectives that have been overlooked, often due to prevailing stereotypes and imposed limitations. We invite young writers to explore the theme of stereotypes in original short fiction. The theme can be broadly interpreted or in direct response to the novel Interior Chinatown. The stories should be between 300–1,000 words. Winners will be announced in August!

The three winning stories will be available through our Short Story Dispenser, located in our Bookstore, in addition to being published on The Center for Fiction website. Winners will also receive a Bookstore Gift Card and tote bag from The Center for Fiction.

  • The first-place winner will receive a $100 Bookstore Gift Card and a CFF tote bag.
  • The second-place winner will receive a $75 Bookstore Gift Card and a CFF tote bag.
  • The third-place winner will receive a $50 Bookstore Gift Card and a CFF tote bag.

How to Submit: To enter your story please visit this link or click ‘Register’ above. Create an account with Short Édition if you do not have one already. Once you have an account, visit this page and click “Submit.” Select “National Teen Storyteller Contest: Stereotypes” to upload your story.

Final decisions regarding winners and finalists will be made by The Center for Fiction staff. The Center for Fiction reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entries that do not follow the contest rules or contain lewd, obscene, defamatory, or hateful content.