Brave Enough To Write

10,000 words or less, all genres except erotica $20 donation to enter 100% tax deductible

This contest is a charity fundraiser. 

All proceeds go toward our mission of providing free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.

$1,000 prize for Winner 18 and over category

$1,000 prize for Winner 17 and under category

Contest runs Jan. 15th 2019 thru June 15th 2019

The Details

Our “Brave Enough To Write” Short story contest is a fundraiser that also promotes literacy, writing, and authors. 

The format is simple,

Submit an unpublished short story 10,000 words or less in any genre except erotica.

Entry fee of $20 is  a 100% tax deductible donation and all proceeds go directly toward providing our programs and scholarships to students. 

Prizes are $1,000 for the best author 18 years old and above and $1,000 for best 17 years and under author.

One winner per year in each category will be selected to receive the BETW Lion of Literature Award. 

Authors retain full ownership of their work. ​

In the future we are looking to publish a  collection of winning stories and runner ups and any proceeds from that will be split evenly with the authors.

We launched this contest first in 2017 with prizes totally $1,500.The top prize of $1,000 was won by Sarah Tehuitoa  of Pahrump Nevada. The $500 prize was won by Isabel Adams of Weare New Hampshire.

Our goal is to raise raise financial support and awareness for our mission in such a way that aligns with our core philosophy of inspiring people to achieve their dreams.


Write a Short Story & Win Long Green $




Follow your passion for Writing, support a Charity that inspires Kids AND win $1,000!

The Brave Enough To Write short story contest has two age categories and two prizes.

17 years and under prize is $500.

18 years and over prize is $1,000.

All funds raised by this contest will go toward the prizes, and to provide free motivational programs and scholarships to in-need schools.

Also the winners in addition to getting the prize money, will have their story and accomplishment promoted to the youth we serve and the general public, as an example of what can happen when you have the courage to go after your dreams.


Contest Rules :

  •  Online Submissions only
  • All stories must be previously unpublished in
  • Submission fee $20.00 US
  • Max word count: 10,000.
  • All readings are blind
  • Each story must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the writer’s name, age, the title of the story, his or her complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and the word count of the work submitted.


  • The title page and story must be submitted as one document, as an attachment. The author’s name should not appear on the story. Only the title of the story should appear on the manuscript.


  • Writers may submit multiple entries, but these must be submitted as separate Microsoft Word documents, or PDFs with separate cover sheets and separate entry fees.


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