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“Out of This World” Writing Contest For Grades 2-4

The Children’s Room celebrates National Novel Writing Month with a fun story challenge!

Students in grades 2-4 are invited to compose their most ‘Out of This World’ short story and enter to win a gift card to Elm Street Books! Entries should be up to 250 words or 1 page typed. All entries should be turned in at the Children’s Desk no later than 8:00 PM on Nov. 26th. Winning entries will be announced and read aloud at our ‘Out of this World Party’ on Thursday, December 5th.

Download and print the entry form and rules.

Writers in grades 5-12 can make submissions in the teen writing contest>>

If you cannot think of any ideas, here are some prompts:

  • Something in the refrigerator was making a strange noise, so I opened the door and…
  • They claimed the house was magic, but it looked normal to me, so…
  • I didn’t believe in extraterrestrials until…
  • A person finds themselves in a new world where they never thought….
  • Weekend adventurers explore a new world and can’t find their way out again. Then they encounter something terrible…
  • The most amazing thing happened….

Our biggest tip: BE CREATIVE!


Official Rules

  • Students in grades 2-4
  • Up to 250 words or 1 page typed
  • Clearly title your story at the top of the page
  • Instead: Attach the entry form to your story
  • Submit by November 26th to the Children’s Service Desk
  • One entry per person
  • Grown-ups may help with typing but nothing else
  • Winner(s) receive a Gift Certificate to Elm Street Books
  • Depending on entry numbers, multiple winners may be selected
  • Winners will be announced at our Out of this World Book Party! Thursday, December 5th @ 3 PM.  Please register for the Party online