The 215 Festival Contest

From November 1 to November 4, the 215 Festival is taking over Philadelphia for four days   of literary goodness. In celebration, we’re partnering with the festival and Philadelphia’s own Apiary Magazine on a Philly-inspired writing contest!

215 Festival Writing Contest

Your challenge:
Write a story of 250 words or less that takes place in the Philadelphia area.

All entries will be read by the 215 Festival, who will choose 15 finalists. Those finalists will then be judged by Apiary magazine and Madeleine Richardson Graham, curator of the 215 Festival’s YA Saturday—a.k.a. Figment citizen Vee Weasley!


The grand-prize winner will have their story published in Apiary‘s print edition. They’ll also receive a signed copy of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children—published by PA-based Quirk Books—as well as a signed Peregrine poster and (get this) three found photos from Ransom Riggs’ personal collection! The grand-prize winner will also receive an Apiary tote bag and t-shirt.

Two runners-up will have their stories published on Apiary magazine’s website and receive an Apiary tote bag and t-shirt, as well as a signed copy of Miss Peregrine.


How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with 215Festival on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

You have until Sunday, November 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. So get writing!


Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues. For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

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63 thoughts on “The 215 Festival Contest

  1. Wow, a non heart based contest? Awesome! I have a quick question though. Does it have to be a short story or can it be a poem too? Thanks! (:

  2. My god, I just barely saved myself, it was 251 words! What if I hadn’t have caught the extra one that I had repeated by accident, would I have been disqualified for being one word over?

  3. I was wondering, does it matter how many hearts you have…is this one of the contests where if you have the most hearts, you win, or is every entry read, and the winner is based off quality?

    ~Laura 🙂

    • Yes! As long as you are a resident of the US or Canada, you’re set. Please refer to the official rules for all entry requirements.

  4. Excuse me! Are we allowed to edit our piece once it’s tagged, between here and the deadline? Or do I have to untag it and all that?

  5. I read through the rules and did not see anything on age limit. I thought I read that it is labeled as a young adult contest. Is there an age limit for the writers?

  6. Excuse me,
    The official rules say November 11th, 2013? Is this an error? Shouldn’t it be November 11th, 2012?

    Thank you,

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