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.

2023 Contest Details

Please refer to the eligibility requirements and contest rules below. The contest will open on Monday, October 2, and will close on Tuesday, October 31 at 11:59 pm.

Submit Your Story Here!

Read our 2022 Winning Stories Here!

 Previous Winners

Thank you to each person who has participated! 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  • Stories must be the original unpublished work of the entrant.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.



  • $150 cash prize awarded to top stories
  • Publication on library website
  • Submission to Wellington Advertiser for publication

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