Amazon First Novel Award – Submit (Youth Category)

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Q: Am I eligible (youth category)?

A: To be eligible, the author must be between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. They must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The short story under 3,000 words; the single, original piece, must be a fictional work written by a single author, available in English. Only one entry per youth author is allowed. Written consent from the author’s parent or legal guardian must be submitted along with the entry.

Q: Does my story have to be published (youth category)?

A: No, it does not. If published, it must have first been published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year.

​Q: How do I submit (youth category)?

A: To enter the competition, the author, their parent, legal guardian, or publisher, must submit a fully completed submission form for the short story they wish to enter. Only one short story may be submitted per youth author. For each submission, the person submitting the entry must send electronic versions of a completed submission form (including parental consent) and a copy of the short story via email to with “Attn: Youth Author Category Submission” in the subject line.

Q: What is the deadline?

A: Submissions for the Youth Short Story Category must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm (PST) on January 31, 2020.