Contest Deadline 6/30! Learn about Judge Matt de la Peña!

Hello, readers!

The end of our contest is FAST APPROACHING, and by FAST APPROACHING, I mean you have less than one week to submit your fabulous stories!

The contest will be judged by Matt de la Peña. This is him:

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He wrote this:










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When we published Passing Each Other in Halls, we asked Matt for writerly advice. He said:

“Get out of the way! Writers like me (especially when I was younger) want to show off on the page. Hey, look what I can do. Did you just read that sick line I came up with? As I get more mature as a writer, though, I realize that my job as a writer is to get out of the way and let the story be the star.”


Isn’t he great? Aren’t you excited to have your work read by him? We thought so. Here are contest details:

The contest judge will be by Matt de la Peña, author of four critically acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t LieMexican WhiteBoyWe Were Here, and I Will Save You. He is also the author of One Teen Story issue #6, “Passing Each other in Halls”. The winning story will be published in the May 2014 issue of One Teen Story. Contest winners will receive $500, 25 copies of the magazine featuring their work, and a 28” x 20” poster of the cover featuring their story. The winner of the contest will also have the opportunity to edit his/her story for publication with a One Teen Story editor. Honorable mentions will be chosen in three age categories: 14-15, 16-17, and 18-19-year-olds.


  • To enter, you must be between the ages of 14 and 19 as of May 31, 2013. Please include your date of birth in the “comments” section of the Submission Manager!
  • Short stories should be between 1,500 to 4,000 words and be the writer’s own original, unpublished work.
  • Previously published stories and stories forthcoming at other publications cannot be considered.
  • No entry form or fee is required.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • One Teen Story reserves the right to publish the story in the form we choose. A parent must sign a consent form for One Teen Story to publish the names of the winner and honorable mentions on our web site.
  • You must submit through our online Submission Manager.

Deadline:  June 30, 2013

We will announce the contest winner by September 1, 2013. Good luck!

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