GPL 2022 Short Story Writing Contest

2022 Winners


Adult Winning Story
"Hard Lessons" by Leslie Gebby

Honorable Mentions
"A Beacon in the Gloom" by Danny Cove
"Rhetorical Questions" by Jacie Farris
"The Curse" by Anthony Davis


Teen Winning Story
"The Assassin of Dune" by Michaela Spoonamore

Honorable Mentions
"A Light Switch" by Lexi Crouse
"Being Kind" by Addy Moore
"Unrequited" by Adriana Crabtree


Kids Winning Story
"Search Sisters: The Quest for Grandma" by Delaney Quasebarth

Honorable Mentions
"Breakfast Time" by Sully Carpenter
"Seasonings Persuading Success" by Eloina Rendon

Contest Guidelines


  • Kids - Ages 12 and under
  • Teens - Ages 13-18
  • Adults - Ages 18+


  • Stories must be 2,000 words or less (not including the title)
  • Submissions must be original and unpublished
  • Fiction or nonfiction accepted
  • Submissions should be typed using a 12pt font.
  • Entries must be in good taste, easy to read, use proper grammar and punctuation, and correct spelling
  • Entries must be in .doc or .docs format and must not include your name or any other identifying details.  Your personal information should only be entered in the required fields on the submission form.
  • Entries must be submitted through the online form by 11:59pm on October 1, 2022.  Emailed or mailed entries will not be accepted.
  • To view the Judging Rubric, please click here.


$50 Visa gift card to the winner of each age group


Contact Valerie Holbrook by email or by calling 317-881-1953.

Thank you to everyone to participated in the 2021 Short Story Writing Contest!  Over 60 submissions were reviewed by our judges, and we're excited to share the winning entries and several honorable mentions!

2021 Winners


Adult Winning Story
"Coffeehouse Captivation" by Heather Clawson

Honorable Mentions
"Orphan Train" by Dory Oda
"Remember" by Bridget Rappleyea
"Protagonist" by Danny Cove


Teen Winning Story
"The White Cat" by Allison Foster

Honorable Mentions
"The Pirate's Oath" by Michaela Spoonamore
"Six Feet Under" by Mackenzie Healey
"Just Me and My Running" by Emma Tschopp


Kids Winning Story
"The Journey Home" by Emma Bright

Honorable Mentions
"The Two Who Travel" by Eli Denk
"The Story Beyond the Fields" by Samey Sheets
"The Spectators of Junior High" by Leila Rucker

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