Our Annual Writing Contest is ON!

350 for 50 typewriter pop

It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! It’s 350 for 50, our annual competition for young writers!

We challenge you to write a short, 350-word tale that includes the sentence, “Each box had a story.” (just 345 words left to go!) Winning stories will be illustrated and published on Pop Goes the Page. Additionally, winning authors will enjoy an online $50 literary shopping spree!

Open to ages 9-16.

Contest submissions are due by 3:00 pm ET on Friday, May 6, 2022.

350 for 50 Contest Submission Requirements

  • Stories must be no longer than 350 words, and MUST include the sentence, “Each box had a story.”
  • The sentence MUST stand alone in the story (not be a part of another sentence).
  • Submissions are accepted in e-mail text fields ONLY. No attachments or file shares, please.
  • One submission per author, please. E-mail to: cotsenevents@princeton.edu
  • One winner will be selected from each of our four age categories (ages 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16).
  • The following MUST be included with your submission: Your name, age (as of May 6, 2022), and mailing address.
  • Your name, information, and story title are not included in the 350 word count.
  • No submissions in verse or in comic book format, please.
  • Literary shopping spree is limited to books and writing materials.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail on May 13, 2022 and posted on this page.
  • Questions? Email: danas@princeton.edu