• Must be a Georgia resident to participate. 
  • Must be in grades 3-8 to participate.
    (Each grade level will be judged separately.) 
  • Students in public and private schools and homeschool students are welcome to participate.


  • 500 word limit for all submissions.
  • Must be an original story, not the retelling of a story. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted in this Contest.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Must be submitted online, in the form below.


A panel of judges, primarily teachers and/or published writers, is selected by Georgia Writers Museum. Submissions are judged by grade level. Judges will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner from each grade.

Submission Deadline

Submissions will be accepted from Monday, September 11 to Wednesday, October 11.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 26.

How to Enter

Enter Now

Student Honor Pledge: I promise I did not get any help on my story and all the work is my own

Supervising Adult Pledge: I affirm this student did not receive help on her/his story and that all the work is her/his own


1st Place: Story in the Eatonton Messenger, GWM website & on social media, and a $20 Bookstore Gift Card

2nd Place: Story on the GWM website & social media, and a $15 Bookstore Gift Card

3rd Place: Story on the GWM website & social media, and a $10 Bookstore Gift Card



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7th Grade

8th Grade


Amanda Vining photo

Amanda holds a BS in Biology from Georgia College & State University. She began her career as an educator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. After leaving the DNR, Amanda became a formal educator with Baldwin County School System and Jasper County School System. Amanda began her museum career at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Macon, Georgia, where she served as Curator of Environmental Science
(2011-2020). While at MAS, Amanda developed a love for sharing the world around us with the many students who visited on school field trips. During her time as Curator of Environmental Science, Amanda launched a storytime
program for preschool children.

Since 2020, Amanda has been serving Georgia Writers Museum as a volunteer on the Education Committee. Amanda has brought her love of sharing stories with students by launching Peaches’ Reading Pasture. As Museum Manager, Amanda looks forward to serving the community and helping to inspire those within our community to put words to paper and share their stories.

Amanda was born and raised in nearby Shady Dale, Georgia. Her husband, Rodney, is a native of Eatonton, and they currently reside in Putnam County. They have three children.