AoPS Academy Short Story Contest
Learn more about our annual AoPS Academy Short Story Contest and read the stories from our Student Authors.
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2022 Lower Division Winners (Grades 5 and below)
Prompt: Write a story where a good piece of advice saves the day.
An Emperor in the Hands of an Adolescent
The Writer’s Block
Write Injuries in Dust, Benefits in Marble
One Lie Leads to Another
The Awesome, Amazing Adventures of Young Albert Einstein!
The Love Within
A Leather-Backed Book
2022 Upper Division Winners (Grades 6 and above)
Prompt: Write a story about an unexpected friendship.
Beyond the Storm
The Girl in the Gray Area
Of Violets Swept Away
Meaningful, the Movie
Blood and Pomegranate Juice
Befriending the Ending
To Share the Light
Through the Mirror
2021 Lower Division Winners (Grades 5 and below)
Prompt: Write a story about a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
A Little Red Riding Hood Story
The Lost Finder
Opening My Eyes
The Train of Giving
Legend of Eyelash
The Forgotten Land
Watch of Time
The Hedgehog's Problem
Alpha of the Pack
Other Grand-Prize Winners: Aryan Padarthi - Frisco
2021 Upper Division Winners (Grades 6 and above)
Prompt: Write a story about someone who persuades an enemy.
The Act of Letting Go
To Bargain with Death
The Perfect Birthday
The Broken Chain
A Day in the Life of Mr. Fluffikins
A Song of Trees and Whispering Leaves
Walk with Me through a Street of the Past
"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it."
Ursula Le Guin