AoPS Academy Short Story Contest

Learn more about our annual AoPS Academy Short Story Contest and read the stories from our Student Authors.

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2022 Lower Division Winners (Grades 5 and below)

Prompt: Write a story where a good piece of advice saves the day.
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Braeden Wei
Bellevue
Doors
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Aadish Shah
Frisco
An Emperor in the Hands of an Adolescent
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Evelyn Shepherd
Gaithersburg
The Writer’s Block
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Ryan Liu
Lexington
Write Injuries in Dust, Benefits in Marble
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Siddhi Ranjeeth
Morrisville
One Lie Leads to Another
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Aadhavan Sridharan
Pleasanton
The Awesome, Amazing Adventures of Young Albert Einstein!
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Shirley Xu
Princeton
The Love Within
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Savannah Wilson
San Diego
A Leather-Backed Book
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Aanya Singh
Vienna
Different

2022 Upper Division Winners (Grades 6 and above)

Prompt: Write a story about an unexpected friendship.
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Isabelle Li
Bellevue
Beyond the Storm
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Rishit Anand
Frisco
The Poster
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Ahalya Srambical
Gaithersburg
Undying
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Anoushka Nambiar
Lexington
The Girl in the Gray Area
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Shivaani Sankarlingam
Morrisville
Of Violets Swept Away
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Siya Gopal
Pleasanton
Meaningful, the Movie
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Ananya Kalwala
Princeton
Blood and Pomegranate Juice
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Jenna Huang
San Diego
Befriending the Ending
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Kurn Sundaram
Santa Clara
To Share the Light
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Samantha Kim
Vienna
Through the Mirror

2021 Lower Division Winners (Grades 5 and below)

Prompt: Write a story about a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
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Eileen Moon
Bellevue
A Little Red Riding Hood Story
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Malinda Zhu
Gaithersburg
The Lost Finder
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Adrian Chen
Lexington
Opening My Eyes
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Srinika Srinivas
Morrisville
The Train of Giving
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Charumathi V.
Pleasanton
Legend of Eyelash
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Aarav Patel
Princeton
The Forgotten Land
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Elaine Wang
San Diego
Watch of Time
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Lexine Song
Santa Clara
The Hedgehog's Problem
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Summer Hsu
Vienna
Alpha of the Pack
Other Grand-Prize Winners: Aryan Padarthi - Frisco

2021 Upper Division Winners (Grades 6 and above)

Prompt: Write a story about someone who persuades an enemy.
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Winter Chiu
Bellevue
The Act of Letting Go
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Rishya Vemireddy
Frisco
Dimensions Apart
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Joy Jiang
Gaithersburg
To Bargain with Death
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Alma Barak
Lexington
The Perfect Birthday
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Sarah Hancock
Morrisville
The Broken Chain
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Aaron Zheng
Pleasanton
A Day in the Life of Mr. Fluffikins
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Rishaan Nalwar
Princeton
Black Swans
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Gary Liang
San Diego
The Assassin
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Samhita Laxman
Santa Clara
A Song of Trees and Whispering Leaves
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Victoria Zhang
Vienna
Walk with Me through a Street of the Past
"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it."
Ursula Le Guin
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