Short Story Competition



Short Story Competition


Short stories submitted will be in the spirit of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein— new stories that celebrate or commemorate the characters, conflicts and themes  of the original such as, but not limited to:

  • scientific experiments gone wrong,
  • the hubris of modern technology,
  • the boundaries between life and death,
  •  and alienation from human society.

Consult the short story writers’ mentor in case of doubt of eligibility of storyline.

Qualified Entrant

Must be a current UCF student at time of entry

Length & Submission Format

Story not to exceed 5000 words.
Typed double-spaced in MS WORD:
Send paper copy & in an email attachment to Cheryl Mahan.


Susan Hubbard, Peter Telep, and Terry Thaxton, all creative writing faculty in the UCF English Department

Short Story Writers’ Mentor

Beth Rapp Young, Director of the University Writing Center or 407-823-2853).

On a stormy night in June 1816,
beside a lake in the shadow of the Alps,
surrounded by lovers and friends,
Mary Shelley began a story that has
never been out of print.

We are looking for more stories...


  • $300 cash first prize
  • Bookstore gift certificates
  • Reading of the winning story by its author at one of the Frankenstein events
  • Posting on the UCF Library Frankenstein Website


 MONDAY, MAY 3, 2004, 5:00 PM

Cheryl Mahan
Room 203
Library Reference Department

For More Information:




This competition is part of the many activities surrounding the traveling exhibition “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” at UCF Library October 29-December 3 which is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, and the American Library Association.