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My City, My Home: Short Story Contest

My City, My Home: Short Story Contest
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My City, My Home: Short Story Contest

Submissions have closed.
Read the winner: "City on Fire"

Standard: $24.99
55+ and Active-duty Military: $19.99
Student: $14.99
Grand Prize: $500
Deadline: April 30 11:59PM PST
Winner Announced: May 31, 2019

Short Story Brief

Where we live plays a role in who we are. It influences where we go to school, where we work, who we hang out with, everything. According to the United Nations almost 75% of everyone on earth will live in a city by 2050. This move to high-density living will push architecture and the urban experience to it's max.

While some people may fear this movement and Hollywood loves to portray the dystopian possibilities; there is also an opportunity for beauty. Billions of people will have new stories and experiences to share and collect. These experiences will be multi-cultural and unrestricted by physical distance. All of this will be influenced by the design of our current and future cities.

Write a short story that captures the emotion, movement, and culture of where you live. How do your characters respond to a world destined for mass urbanization? It can be fictional or based on a true story.

Craft your story, make it unique and impactful, we can't wait to read what you create.

Judging Criteria

Short story submissions will be evaluated based on originality, mastery of the brief, and their power to express the intent & perspective of the author. We understand that not everyone is a native English speaker. Do not let your English writing skills deter you from participating. Short stories are judged based on the storytelling and quality of the characters, not merely on grammar or spelling.


  1. Purchase your participant ticket to the short story contest
  2. After purchasing, you will receive an email with a submission link and template file.
  3. Submit your original story to GoArchitect, using the submission link, by April 30th, 11:59 PM PST.
  4. The winner will be announced May 31, 2019.
  5. If you win, your story will be featured on GoArchitect and you will receive the grand prize of $500!


  • Submissions must be 1,500 words or fewer
  • Submissions must be in English
  • May be fiction or non-fiction
  • Must be an original short story, written by the submitter
  • No previously published short stories
  • Deadline to submit: April 30th 11:59PM PST
  • Winner will be announced on May 31st, 2019
  • Participants retain rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant GoArchitect allowance to share short stories online on the Blog. We will not publish your work without further approval.
  • Standard participant is open to anyone from anywhere
  • Student participant must be currently enrolled in K-12 or University

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