The 2021 Susan Ann Brooks Short Story Contest

This contest honors the memory of Susan Ann Brooks, a wonderful colleague, friend, and elementary English school teacher who taught for 42 years in the Bay Area. Mrs. Brooks, named “Spirit of the Bear” by the Cherokee Nation, lived with an exuberant energy, humor, and belief in every child's life, story, and brilliance.

She mentored generations of students at public schools, at the International School of the Peninsula (now known as the Silicon Valley International School), and Belmont’s Camelot School, which she built with her husband and taught at for 17 years.

Besides serving as our honored Story Contest judge from 2013 to 2019, Susan will be remembered for her love of literature, Shakespeare, and a hearty laugh.

Susan Brooks

"The Funniest Day!" Story Challenge!

The 2021 Susan Ann Brooks Short Story Contest

Thank you to all that have submitted an Story!

This Story Contest is closed for submissions.

This page will be updated when we have the list

of Stories chosen for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!

Remember, the most important aspect of this

contest is to simply submit a story!

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The 2021 Susan Ann Brooks 

"The Funniest Day!"

Short Story Contest

Download the PDF Flyer. 👉

Hosted by 

Writing Coaches Royd Hatta & Shu-Hsien Ho

Beyond the Box Learning

Dear Parents, Teachers, Young Writers, and Friends,

We invite all young writers ages 7-18 to submit a short story based on the theme of "The Funniest Day." All genres are accepted: adventure, comedy, fantasy, sci-fi, realistic fiction, play, movie script, mystery, memoir, etc.

We will accept original, unpublished submissions from now through June 30, 2021.

Guest judges will review and select winning entries for the following age categories:

  • Young Writers: Ages 7-10
  • Tween Writers: Ages 11-13
  • Teen Writers: Ages 14-18


  • First place: $100 cash prize
  • Second place: $50 Linden Tree Books Gift Card 
  • Third Place: $25 Kepler's Books Gift Card

General Rules for Submission:

  • Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced. 
  • Maximum 3000 words.
  • Include the following in the top left corner on the first page:
    • Writer's Full Name, Age
    • Parent's Full Name
    • Parent's Best Contact Email & Phone Number
  • Email as MS Word document (.doc or docx) to:

Participants, Top Honors, and Special Mentions will be contacted and announced by August 15.

We hope to host an in-person Story Reading Celebration at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos by early November 2021.

Please share this Story Contest with families, students, and teachers in your community! Thank you in advance.

Feel free to Download the flyer here: 2021 Story Contest Flyer.