For the contest, Stone Soup is looking for excellent, innovative, moving, playful personal narratives or mini-memoirs. There is no minimum length, but the maximum length is 10,000 words. The deadline is December 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and there is a $4 entry fee. You can read all the details and contest rules at this link. Most excitingly, the first 150 submitters will receive a personalized editorial note from us! These notes will highlight a strength in your piece and offer guidance about how to build on that strength in future writing. Winners will be announced in January 2020.
To help you prepare, we’re hosting a video series called Spill Some Ink with Stone Soup! The video below is Chapter One in our series, designed to help youth writers prepare their entries for the Stone Soup Personal Narrative Contest.
Maybe your head is buzzing with ideas for your entry into the Personal Narrative Contest and you’re not sure what to choose. Or, maybe you’re worried you don’t have any stories worth sharing. Either way, this activity will help you explore possibilities and choose a stand-out moment for your narrative.
Enter your email address below to stay in the loop with our prep series and get ready for the contest! You’ll also get our Tips and Tricks for Revision cheat sheet, which guides writers through specific strategies to bring their narratives even more vividly to life. If you’re under 13, you’ll need get permission from your caregiver and use their email address. This helps keep you safe online.