Short Fiction Contest

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

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Before you get started…

EDUCATION has the power to lead to ACTION!

Thank you for your interest in the short fiction contest. As you already know, this year's competition is dedicated to promoting ill and disabled voices.

The prizes will be awarded to authors whose work has best spoken of the experience of chronic illness and/or disability.

The goal at the heart of A Better Word’s short fiction contest is to create future stewards of diversity. We need young people who are sensitive to others who are differently-abled to create a world that is inclusive.


What can you do between now and May 1st, 2021?

The writing contest opens ONLY on May 1, 2021 when the topics will be emailed to all registered participants. After you’ve completed the registration process, spend some time reading about disability. Some questions you can ask yourself are:

  1. What does it mean to be disabled?

  2. Do I know anyone who is experiencing hardships because he/she is differently-abled?

  3. Are there people whom I know who have beaten the odds? What do their stories read like?

  4. What types of disabilities do people experience?

  5. What do I want to tell my readers through my short story about disability?

  6. Do I know anything about the challenges famous scientists such as Stephen Hawking’s might have experienced?

Remember, the questions listed above are ONLY a starting place. These are NOT topics for the contest.


The following list of words are useful while understanding disability. I will encourage you to look up the meaning if you are not familiar with certain words in the list below:

  • Prejudice

  • Differently-abled

  • Mental-disability

  • Discrimination

  • Empathy

  • Physical-disability

  • Inclusive

  • Sensitivity

  • Hearing impairment

  • Rejection

  • ADHD

  • Intellectual disability

  • accomodation

  • Visual impairment

  • Autism

The above words are just a few. There are many more words that you should be familiar with if you are trying to narrate a story about disability.

If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to this email id:

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