High School short stories 2016

We are working on placing the stories in the format that can be published.

The scanning process took sometime,we have checked to make sure that the content was all there. A problem we have ran into is that there extra pages, blank and titles that are adding to the page count, adding to the cost but we get it taken care of.

We have tried to make sure the appearance is as close to the submission as possible with the OCR scanning process we used. I would say that we are very close to submit the finished product to the publisher.

Once we know that we have product that will  pass the publsher’s guidelines we will pass the word along.

I am sorry that this process is taking so long to achieve our goal of a book for the high school writers.

In the mean time if your students submitted a story,we would like to know how many students want a copy and we will let you know the cost of any extra copies they may want. Email us

Thank you,

Larry Stumbo

2017 Iowa Author Fest

Iowa Author Fest to be held at Jasper Winery,2400 George Flagg Parkway Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, September 23rd, hours 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. We are promoting the creative arts of writing, painting, and music. Food from a food vendor will be available. iaaufe@outlook.com https://iowaauthorfest.wordpress.com

Link for registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZOeBWQN__XoaCMxZPrx4q3KqPG8DPg5zin7Xk85ml1nH49A/viewform


First of all, we apologize for the long period of time it took us to process the contest entries. Some already know some of this information; we received a whopping 93 entries this year. Out of these, we narrowed them down by the rules; high school student, font size and style, word count, and double spacing.

We then split those that were left into two groups; closest to the word count and alternatives that was slightly under the word count. The judges looked at the story content, grammar, and continuity. Each judge picked the top three and honorable mentions. Each story was rated and the numbers tallied. The highest tally was the first place and so on.

Letters are going out to all of the students this week to let them know their standing in the contest. The work on the anthology is in progress and the available date will be posted for the contestants and their family.

We want to thank all the students, teachers, and parents for the great participation in the contest.

Side notes about the participates: there were 35 boys and 55 girls, from over 26 high schools represented from around Iowa. We did have one seventh grader send a very good story, meeting the other criteria, but was not eligible because she was not in high school, bummer. We invite her to enter the contest when she becomes a high school student.

Iowa Author Fest Committee

2016 High School Short Story Contest

We have had a tremendous response to our high school short Story writing contest with 93 stories as of the deadline date of November 25th.

We sorted the stories according to the rules stated in our flier,deadline, double spacing, word count(2500), Times New Roman font and 12 point font size.

Now the judges are now reading the resulting stories for originality, grammar, and spelling (The student’s name, school, and town are unknown to the judges, for fairness.)

We will have more information for you after January 6th.

Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, for encouraging their students to participate.

A real big thank you to the students who shared their stories with Iowa Author Fest.

Larry Stumbo