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

Iowa Author Fest 2nd Annual Short Story Writing Contest


This year Iowa Author Fest will be sponsoring a short story writing contest for Iowa High School students. All entries will be placed in an anthology. Each contestant will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology. Copies will be made available to the contestants families for purchase. The story will be judged by six local Indie authors. Short stories will be judged on originality, grammar, and spelling. Cash prizes awarded will be 1st place: $100 2nd place: $75 and 3rd place: $50. Entries deadline is: November 25th, 2016


  1. The short story is to have a cover letter with their parents and their contact information. The cover letter needs a picture of the child’s head shot and short bio of fifty words to be placed in next year’s catalog of the Fest. Only the child’s first name and last letter of their name will appear with their picture.
  2. The student is to write a short story of their choice in the length of 2500 words. Do Not place your name on the story. If your name appears on the story it will be disqualified. This way the judging will be fair as none of the judges will know who wrote the story.
  3. The story is to be double spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point font size.
  4. Entries must be received no later than November 25th, 2016. Winners will be notified by CEO Larry Stumbo.

Mail the short story with cover letter to: Iowa Author Fest, 6120 Urbandale Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50322.



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J.C. HAMM hamboart.jc@gmail.com Emerging from the dark world of drugs, abuse, and domestic violence, Because of Me, is a story about starting over and the lessons learned from past mistakes.

SUE RAYMOND http://sueraymondladylaindora.wordpress.com Lady Laindora dwells in the imagination of author Sue Raymond. There many tales are spun of adventure with dragons, wizards, knights, and […]

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Laura Jensen-Kimball is a new Iowa author excited to share her first children’s picture book, MOMSTER.  Living in Norwalk, she enjoys writing books with a touch of humor that will engage parents and children in laughter.  MOMSTER promises fun and a little well placed fear for all ages to enjoy!  For more information about Laura and MOMSTER go to– https://www.wackystackbooks.com/blog/momster

Cancelled  appearance due  to family matters

P.J. HICK is a mystery writer. Her first writing experience came as a reporter  on her junior high school newspaper. Since then she has written articles for newsletters and published two mystery novels “Visions, ” and “Dodge,” Both books can be purchased on  Amazon. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa. pahick@q.com




H. NELSON FREEMAN is a retired police sergeant of 30 years, holding expert status as a fingerprint, handwriting and polygraph examiner.  He served on 5 ships in the Navy and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and Master Sergeant in the Iowa Army National Guard.



CARSON ODE crclode@aol.com

Carson experienced as many Iowa festivals and events as  he possibly could during years 2008, 2010 and 2011 to bring Celebrate Iowa and Iowa– Spaces, Places, Faces to eager readers wanting to travel across Iowa and experience the wonders Iowa have to offer.


ANDY ALLEN   andy@andyandnorm

Andy Allen has a degree in psychology and a master’s degree in early childhood education. In addition to teaching and writing children’s books, he is also a varsity assistant boys’ basketball coach . Andy enjoys sharing his stories at book events and school visits. Feel free to contact him at if interested in scheduling a visit.


LARRY STUMBO b2013k@outlook.com

Larry became interested in his family history, when his uncle and a distance cousin started gathering together family history. Larry was lucky enough to receive some of this history from both sides of his family with one special contribution of his Great-grandmother’s poems, photos and history from his grandfather. His second novel  ‘Experience of a New Soldier’.



Readers wanted to come out to Iowa Author Fest at Jasper Winery, George Flagg Parkway,Des Moines; on August 6th 11:00 to 3:00. Fill your book shelves with signed books from the authors, listen to music,eat some food, sip some wine by the glass,buy by the bottle to take home,listen to authors read from their books and win a basket swag per raffle, must be present to win.

Children welcome, other drinks available other than wine.