Introducing Judge #2 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Lauren Oliver

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver has showcased her talents from middle grade reads, Spindlers and Liesl & Po to a best-selling teen trilogy which starts with Delirium.
Set in a dystopian United States, a government-mandated cure prevents the 'delirium' of love, leading to a safe and predictable life. However, main character Lena finds herself falling in love just weeks before her scheduled 'cure' at age 18. Finishing this trilogy of non-stop action, rebellion, and risk-taking for love is Requiem which was just released in March.

Lauren currently co-owns the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit., while also writing wonderful stories pretty much full-time.

Ms. Oliver is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 10 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School) and select the winners who are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as guest speaker.


Hi there! I have a couple of questions about the contest that I'm wondering if you wouldn't mind answering. First of all, do finalists and non-finalists receive a letter letting them know whether they're in the finals or not? And second of all, I heard letters with results will be sent out in mid-April--does that mean they will be sent out soon? Thanks a bunch, I'm very curious^_^

Finalists will be be receiving a letter towards the end of next week (week of April 15th - 19th) and non-finalists will be also be receiving an email at this same approximate time. We received 335 submissions and stories are now with the judges. Good Luck!

Thank you!!