Deadline this Friday! – Summer Fiction Writing Contest

Nancy Ann Foley, of Western MassCOSH in Springfield, MA shares the following summer fiction writing  contest, open to any young person ages 9 through 16:

If only there had been more…

The Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health is sponsoring a summer fiction contest (short story) for young people ages 9 through 16. Top prize is $100. Deadline for entries is Friday, August 14, 2009.

Each short story will begin with the words, “If only there had been more…” Authors can finish the first sentence in any way they like.

Entries will be considered in two age categories: Ages 9-12 and ages 13-16. A prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner in each of the categories. A maximum of three honorable mentions will be named for each category. The winning stories will be posted on the Western MassCOSH website at


  • The short story must be the original, unpublished work of the author.
  • There is an entry fee of $8. (Check made payable to Western MassCOSH, 640 Page Boulevard, Suite 104, Springfield, MA 01104.) The fee will be used to fund the prizes, and any money raised in excess of the prize amounts will be used to support the work of Western MassCOSH, a nonprofit organization that promotes health and safety on the job.
  • A cover page should include the author’s name, age, and address, BUT NOT THE STORY TITLE. The title should be on the first page of the story. The author’s name should NOT appear on the pages of the story. This will allow the judges to consider each story anonymously. No email attachments. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want the story returned.
  • All entries must be typewritten (single or double spaced is acceptable). There is no minimum or maximum word count, but as a guideline, we suggest that no short story exceed 5,000 words. We don’t have time to read novels!
  • All entries must ARRIVE at the Western MassCOSH office by Friday, August 14, 2009. Please allow enough time in mailing the entry for it to arrive by the deadline.


Two professional writers will be the judges for this contest. Nancy Ann Foley, senior program director at Western MassCOSH, was a reporter and copy editor at the Springfield Union-News (now The Republican), for eight years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in education from Elms College. She is the principal author of Hurt on the Job: A Guide to the Massachusetts Workers Compensation System. Nancy has also taught English Composition at Westfield State College. Sandra Constantine has been a reporter at the Springfield Republican for many years. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in English. For more information, call (413) 731-0760.

2 Comments on “Deadline this Friday! – Summer Fiction Writing Contest

  1. Hi Susan – That would be great to know! Give them a call at (413) 731-0760. Could you us know what you find out? It would be great to have a link to access the winning entries. Thanks! – Sienna

  2. hi. just wondering when the results of the fiction writing contest will be announced. thanks.

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