AoPS Academy Short Story Contest

Learn more about our annual AoPS Academy Short Story Contest and read the stories from our Student Authors.

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At AoPS Academy, we help young learners grow as confident creative thinkers. Our Language Arts courses train the intellectual leaders of the next generation by fostering creative problem solving. Read more S

2021 Lower Division Winners (Grades 5 and below)

Prompt: Write a story about a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
Eileen Moon
Bellevue
A Little Red Riding Hood Story
Elaine Wang
Carmel Valley
Watch of Time
Malinda Zhu
Gaithersburg
The Lost Finder
Adrian Chen
Lexington
Opening My Eyes
Srinika Srinivas
Morrisville
The Train of Giving
Charumathi V.
Pleasanton
Legend of Eyelash
Aarav Patel
Princeton
The Forgotten Land
Lexine Song
Santa Clara
The Hedgehog's Problem
Summer Hsu
Vienna
Alpha of the Pack
Other Grand-Prize Winners: Aryan Padarthi - Frisco

2021 Upper Division Winners (Grades 6 and above)

Prompt: Write a story about someone who persuades an enemy.
Winter Chiu
Bellevue
The Act of Letting Go
Gary Liang
Carmel Valley
The Assassin
Rishya Vemireddy
Frisco
Dimensions Apart
Joy Jiang
Gaithersburg
To Bargain with Death
Alma Barak
Lexington
The Perfect Birthday
Sarah Hancock
Morrisville
The Broken Chain
Aaron Zheng
Pleasanton
A Day in the Life of Mr. Fluffikins
Rishaan Nalwar
Princeton
Black Swans
Samhita Laxman
Santa Clara
A Song of Trees and Whispering Leaves
Victoria Zhang
Vienna
Walk with Me through a Street of the Past
"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it."
Ursula Le Guin