Short Story Contest

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Short Story Summer 2020 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Summer 2020 Los Angeles Public Library Short Story Contest. From a total of 265 stories submitted, the following 12 stories were selected for publication on our online short story portal.

Get Your Short Story Published

Want to get your short story in front of readers everywhere? Submit your work of 8,000 characters or fewer before August 31, and it could be published in the library's online short story portal.

Contest Timeline: August 1 - August 31 2020


  • Local authors are invited to submit their short stories to Los Angeles Public Library to be included in our online short story portal and printed via our Short Story dispenser located at Central Library.
  • Stories can be of any genre, for example: drama, romance, science fiction, etc.
  • Authors must accept the terms and conditions
  • Authors can submit more than one entry
  • Age: 18 and older

Submission Process

  1. Create an account in the Short Story Portal
  2. Click on the Submit button in the upper right corner
  3. Fill out the application
  4. Consent to the terms and conditions

We are no longer accepting submissions for 2020.


The winning story will be added to a permanent library collection alongside Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf via Los Angeles Public Library’s Short Story Portal and printed via the dispenser at Central Library.

The top winner in each category will also receive a gift bag with a selection of library gear.

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