Olive and Fred Robins Junior Short Story Contest

Olive and Fred Robins Junior Short Story Contest is an annual programme held each October. Wellington County students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 are invited to submit original stories for the chance to win great prizes and publication of their work. 


2021 Entry Form will open Friday, October 1 at 10:00 am and close Sunday, October 31 at 11:59 pm. 


 Previous Winners

Thank you to each person who participated in 2020! We hope you enjoy these creative pieces as much as we do.







  • Entrants must be in grades 4 – 6 and currently live or attend school in Wellington County.
  • Immediate family members of Wellington County Library staff and board members are not eligible.


Contest Rules

  • Entrants are asked to submit a short story between 500 – 750 words.
  • Only one entry per person is accepted and illustrations are not considered.
  • Stories must be the original unpublished work of the entrant. Co-authored stories are not accepted.
  • Stories must be in English but may include invented words.


Judging Criteria

  • Stories are judged anonymously by the Short Story Contest Committee following the entry deadline.
  • Each story will be judged based on the following criteria:
  • Creativity and originality
  • Story structure, including plot and characters
  • Style and quality of writing, including spelling and grammar
  • In the event of a tie, a winner will be selected based on the most creative idea.



  • $50 gift card draw for all entries
  • $150 cash prize awarded to top stories
  • Publication on library website
  • Submission to Wellington Advertiser for publication

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