Lost and Found Contest, Fall 2018

From October 17 to November 16, 2018, take part in the Penn State Short Edition Fall contest. Submit your short story or poem to have the chance to be published in the Short Story Dispensers on our campuses! Nothing is easier: read the rules below and submit your short story or poem!


Theme & Rules

Our fall contest theme is: Lost & Found.

To be accepted, your short story or poem must be significantly tied to this theme.

American poet Elizabeth Bishop once said, "The art of losing isn't hard to master." We lose something everyday -- our keys, student ID, an earring, our favorite pen, or hours in the day. Sometimes we get frustrated or flustered; losing something or someone can be difficult. We might spend days looking for that missing thing. When we find what has been lost, there's a sense of pride and accomplishment in that moment. We often find something new after moments of loss. We want you to explore the emotions, ideas, and stories behind Lost & Found.

When you figure out what will be lost or found, your next step is to choose between our two categories:

  • A very short story (maximum of 8,500 characters, including spaces)
  • A poem (maximum of 7,000 characters)

Then...write! Submit your story by November 16 to be considered. Stories and poems will be published on the Penn State Short Edition website and the public will be able to vote for their favorites. Five winners will be chosen and will win $100!