2nd annual Contest (updated)


Deadline extended- by popular demand.  You can submit your stories until noon on Tuesday December 27th.  The winner will still be announced January 2nd.

Have a great holiday, everyone!

Last year we had a request from a High School Student for a short story contest.  It went so well, we are doing it again!

See the link above for the 2015 details.

Drum roll please…


Hands-On Short Story Contest

Have you participated in a Hands-On class during 2016?

Do you have a story you want the world to see?
Send in your stories to:


  • submit by noon on Monday Dec. 19, 2016.   Tuesday Dec. 27, 2016

  • Your story must be 100 words or more.

Eugene M. (our 2015 winner) has chosen the theme for this years contest.

The 2016 short story theme is:

                 Practice makes Perfect.


The winning story will be published on our site and you will receive a prize.

Last year’s prize was:  A moleskin journal, $25.00 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, 2 tickets to a Matrix Theatre play.

The winner will be announced on

Monday Jan. 2, 2017.

How to win?

A panel of judges will be looking for:

  1. original ideas,

  2. clear characters,

  3. word choice,

  4. well defined “five parts of a story”,


Stories may be submitted in Spanish, English, or both.
We at Hands-On wish all of our contenders well. May the odds ever be in your favor. In our eyes, every storyteller is a winner. So remember, HAVE FUN!!!

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