Kiwanis High School Short Story Award

Rules and Procedures



The competition will be open to all students attending high school, grades 10 to 12 or levels 1 to 3, in St. John’s and Mount Pearl. This will include Gonzaga, Holy Heart of Mary, Prince of Wales Collegiate, Waterford Valley High, St. Kevin’s High and St. Bonaventure’s College in St. Johns; O’Donnell High and Mount Pearl Senior High in Mount Pearl.

Each student may submit an original short story of no more than 1500 words in the current school year. Deadline for submission of entries will be April 30, 2018, with awards presented in the Fall.

Awards and sponsors:

The Kiwanis Club of St. John’s is the primary sponsor of the competition with the top award being identified as the Kiwanis High School Short Story Award.

Investor’s Group, our corporate sponsor, is providing the cash awards

There will be three cash awards:  

1st  $1000, 2nd $500 and 3rd $250.

Each cash award winner will also receive a plaque with his/her name on it.

The 1st place winner’s name will also be engraved on a perpetual trophy. This perpetual trophy will reside in the winner’s school the following year.

How to submit entries:

The short story is to be submitted electronically by April 30 of the current school year through the Kiwanis Club of St. John’s website,

The submission must be in English, using MS Word. The entrant’s name, school, story title and other biographical information is to be provided online at the time of submission, together with a form confirming compliance with the rules. A return message will signify receipt of the submission.


All judging will be done blind, so the author’s name should not appear on the cover page or any other page of the story.

There will be two Review Panels:

The first panel will be comprised of retired teachers whose role will be to review all submissions, determine the top 20 to 25 short stories and pass them on to the Final Review Panel.

A Final Panel of established writers will choose a short list of not more than 10 submissions and select the top 3 short stories.

All short listed authors will be invited to attend the awards ceremony to be held in the fall of the following school year. Each author will be invited to read an excerpt from their story.

Judges will provide written comments on each of the short listed stories.

Judges will provide editorial suggestions for the top 3 stories.

Applicant’s Declaration:

(Failure to meet these requirements will result in disqualification.)

I hereby certify that:

  1. The work is original.
  2. It has been composed solely by the undersigned
  3. It has not won any public competition and has not been published or publicly presented on any social network: website, blog, Facebook, etc.

I accept the conditions below:

  1. The judges’ decision is final.
  2. Awards will only be presented if a sufficient number of submissions have been received.
  3. I accept that the sponsors will not be responsible for any lost or stolen submissions, damage or errors that occur due to negligence, accidents, technical failures, website viruses or property damage.
  4. I agree to present an excerpt from my work at the awards ceremony.
  5. I agree to allow my name to be used for publicity or promotional purposes related to this competition.
  6. I agree to publication as may be arranged by the sponsor, Kiwanis Club of St, John’s, without further compensation, while retaining copyright for myself.

All further questions should be directed to