Fluency Factory Summer Fiction Contest is Back!

Story Theme:  You discover a time machine, but it will only transport you back as far as January 2020.


Eligibility:  Open to all Massachusetts students entering middle school or high school in September, 2021


Submission Guidelines

     Send your story to contest@fluencyfactory.com.

     Deadline: August 31, 2021

     Your e-mail should have two separate MS Word documents attached:

 First MS Word document should contain your story, as follows:

   The first line should contain the title of the story.

   Your name should NOT appear in this file.

   Stories should not exceed 1800 words.

   Format: 12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced

 Second MS Word document should contain this information:

   The title of the story

   Your name

   Phone number

   Home address

   School & grade in September 2021 


The Fluency Factory reserves the right to use any of the submitted stories for promotional purposes.


Competition Winners

The winning stories will be announced on www.fluencyfactory.com on September 15th, 2021.  These cash prizes will be awarded:

     1st – $ 150

     2nd – $ 100

     3rd – $ 50

We will publicize the names of the winning writers of course, and we will also publish names of writers who deserve honorable mention.

The top three stories will be posted on the Fluency Factory website.

We are pleased to announce our eigth Fluency Factory Summer Fiction Competition.  The competition is open to all middle and high school boys and girls in Massachusetts.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers.


María Eugenia Mayobre was born in Caracas and grew up in Italy, France and Venezuela. She studied Social Communication in Caracas and obtained a Master’s Degree in Communication and Education in Barcelona, Spain. She moved to Boston in 2007, where she earned a Screenwriting Certificate from Emerson College. Her first feature-length script, Not Like Mom won the 2009 Emerson Annual Screenwriting Prize. Her short story Terrorista por Error was chosen to be published as part of a compilation titled: “V Semana de la Joven Narrativa Urbana” (2010). Another of her short stories, Cirilo y el Doctor, was published by the literary journal Label Me Latino/a (2012). Her short story Pero Bueno, Mariana, was selected to be published in the book “Nos Pasamos de la Raya vol.2/We Crossed the Line vol.2”. Her first novel "El mordisco de la guayaba" won the I Bienal de Novela de Ediciones B Venezuela in 2016 and was published by Penguin Random House in 2018. It will be translated into French and published by Nil Editions in 2019. María Eugenia lives in Boston and works as a producer for a news program broadcasted in Spanish, French, German and Italian.


Dr. Kate Brannum, program director and professor for the American Public University System, has been working as a teacher and administrator for the last twenty years.  She has taught at Mt. Holyoke College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and American Military University, and has also been a tutor at the Fluency Factory.  Kate received a Ph.D. in political science from University of Massachusetts.


Richard McManus is a nationally known expert, practitioner and trainer in the field of Precision Teaching.  He founded the Fluency Factory eighteen years ago to create a learning environment where all students could be highly successful.  Since then the Factory has served more than 2,000 students of all ages, assisting them in every way from early reading to SAT and college preparation.


Dr. Laura Jarvis-Seibert, manager at The Fluency Factory, has been working as a math, writing, and test prep tutor for five years now. While completing her Ph.D. in Anthropology, Laura taught at the college level at SMU, Texas A&M, Navarro Community College, and Newbury College. She also has numerous years of experience working as a professional tutor for levels kindergarten through college.