The Friends of the Buda Library is proud to present our Sixth Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Adults. This contest is open to non-professional writers aged 17 and up.* 

Story: We welcome any short story no longer than 4,000 words. Entries will be judged by local writers, community leaders, and librarians based on the quality of the writing, creativity, originality, and story. 

Entry Fee: $20 (make checks or money orders payable to Friends of the Buda Library). This contest is a Friends of the Buda Library Fundraiser. All entry fees are used for library programs and materials.

Opening Date for Submissions:  May 1, 2017

Entry Deadline: Stories must be received before the library closes on May 31, 2017

Winner Announcements: All prize winners will be announced in June on the Friends of the Buda Library and Buda Public Library web sites.  Winners will be individually notified.

Awards: The Friends of the Buda Library will award $200 for the first place story, $100 for the second place, and $50 for the third place. The first place story will also be published on our website.

Entry Guidelines:

Short story entries must be 4,000 words or less, in English, double spaced in 12 point font and submitted with entry fee at the Buda Public Library.

All entries must be unpublished and original.

Short story must include a cover page with the following information:

Author's name

Phone number 

Postal address 

E-mail address

Word count

All other pages should include TITLE AND PAGE NUMBER ONLY. The author's name and any other identifying information must not appear anywhere except on the cover page. For anonymous judging, entries will be submitted to judges by assigned number only.

Worldwide copyright on each entry remains with the author. Your entry in this contest grants permission to publish your story in a book to benefit the Buda Public Library.

Contact us with additional questions and inquiries.


*Friends of the Buda Library Board Members, Officers, Committee Chairs, Buda Library Staff and this year’s judges and their immediate families are not eligible for entry.