Night School Short-Story Contest

Night School by C.J. DaughertyAllie Sheridan is in trouble — again. She’s been arrested — again — and this time her parents have had enough. They send her off to Cimmeria Academy, a fancy boarding school far from her friends in London. Initially, Allie thinks that Cimmeria is just another boring prep school for boring rich kids. But she’s intrigued by the Academy’s Night School, an elite and secretive program that is both highly demanding and rewarding. Oh, and it might also be highly dangerous. The school rules clearly state that no one is to ask questions about Night School, but Allie can’t help but start her own investigation after strange things start happening around campus.

Inspired by Night School by C.J. Daugherty, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you!


In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story set at a boarding school.


One grand prize winner will receive a copy of Night School by C.J. Daugherty and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Two runners up will each receive a copy of Night School.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with NightSchool 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 Monday, June 3 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter a story. Voting will run until Monday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m. ET. C.J. Daugherty will choose the winner from the top ten most-hearted entries.

Contest Entries

  • The sister school
    • 152
    • 27

    The Sister School

    Three mischievous girls have arrived at Nightfall Academy, a boarding school known for its high success rate in youth reformation. How…

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  • Outside
    • 3
    • 0


    A solid stone wall around the Academy blocks out the rest of the world, and the powerfully gifted students within the walls have been …

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  • Mafortice
    • 69
    • 14


    © 2013 [For the Night School contest] "Here’s a secret, let me tell you this. Jason Benson was not crazy."

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  • Cover7
    • 0
    • 0

    Meshtop Academy for Abused Girls

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  • Image
    • 1
    • 0


    Sam's been living the same routine since she arrived at Concord Academy. Nothing has ever seemed out of the ordinary, until Ben, a new…

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  • Touch2
    • 4
    • 2

    Is it real?

    Leaving her hometown for a new school, where she meets a new, adorably handsome and sweet guy, Julia falls in love quickly, but is it …

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  • No_diving_by_fictionchick-d5rl2n0
    • 2
    • 0

    A Different Rose

    After her sister Lily's death, Rose is forced to join a boarding school. Determined to make the worst of it, Rose heads in with a terr…

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  • Cover-normal
    • 9
    • 0

    Do or Die

    Isaac Porter and his two friends head out for an exciting night of b-ball practice but get more excitement than they bargained when th…

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  • Insnaitycover
    • 3
    • 1

    Insanity This is for the Night School picture challenge. This picture truly did inspire this st…

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  • New wolfenthal's
    • 140
    • 29

    Wolfenthal's Boarding School for Gamers

    *Second place in NightSchool Contest!* The bone-chilling, behind-the-scenes story of where those famous video games come from.

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  • Nothing more powerful 3
    • 0
    • 0

    Nothing More Powerful

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  • 6eaa0f7c-595f-41e3-86d0-a65b8f51ccf8_zps073dcb77
    • 33
    • 6

    Just Be You

    NightSchool Contest... Now Officially Continuing. Cover by: The Outsider

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11 thoughts on “Night School Short-Story Contest

  1. Is a story set just the setting of a story? For the contest, would we just write about where our boarding school is and what’s it like?

      • Let’s say we wrote 2 versions of a story according to the prompt; since we can only submit one, can we withdraw one of them (like delete it) and enter the other if we change our mind? Or perhaps just edit the one we submitted?

        • There is only one entry per person. Only enter a story after you are sure that you want to submit it. Trying to submit multiple entries (even one at a time) may result in your disqualification.

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