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What is it?

  • Storymakers League’s World Short Story Challenge 2021 (WSSC21) is a short story writing competition (within 1500 words of any genre), open to children 12 to 17 years old across the globe.
  • There will be 6 challenge categories:
  • Challenge starts from 1st March 2021 to 1st May 2021.
  • 10 finalists and 3 winners will be selected from each category and announced on 15th June 2021.
  • The stories from the finalists will be published in their original languages – English, Malay, Spanish. The winners’ stories will be translated into the other two languages and will appear in all 3 books.
  • Each winner will get 3 copies of the book they wrote in and a printed certificate mailed to them, while all other participants will get a digital certificate each.
  • Each title will be translated into the other two languages. This is crucial. It allows readers and potential writers to improve their level of maturity in their readings and writings by reading stories originally written in other languages.
  • Each title will be published as physical books, e-books and audiobooks and will be marketed globally on various platforms.

Challenge Objectives

  • Encouraging children to write engaging short stories for the global audience in a language they are most comfortable in.
  • Producing reading materials that are written by children to be enjoyed by other children worldwide.
  • Inspiring children all over the world to read and write as good as their peers.
  • Providing a platform for children to turn their writing passion into action and have their works commercialized.
  • Understanding different cultures from the stories written and translated in different languages, especially from the children’s perspectives.
  • Highlighting importance of libraries and bookshops in supporting authors and publishers to acquire innovative materials in their collection. Connecting UNESCO World Book Capital cities with collaborative efforts starting with Madrid, UNESCO’s 1st World Book Capital


Please submit all stories latest by 1st May 2021