About Us

The Short Story Contest was created by Doug Rudnicki, literature teacher at the American International School of Budapest.  

In the early days of the contest, Mark Tauber, former Cultural Affairs Officer at the American Embassy in Hungary was instrumental in getting this project off the ground.  

In the contest's first year, it saw participation from three international school in Budapest (ICSB, GGIS, and IBSB) in addition to AISB.  And 27 students from 4 Hungarian schools.

In the past few years, the contest draws over 480 short stories from all over Hungary, including 31 Hungarian schools and 5 international schools.  

All of the stories are written in English, and must be no more than 5 pages double spaced, Times New Roman font.  Every year, we gather a few English teachers and authors from all over Budapest to help us read through all the stories. First, the stories are cut into a "shortlist," consisting of 10 stories for each division and category.  And then, a larger group of judges reads all of these stories to choose winning stories. 

Every year to culminate the short story contest, we have an awards ceremony in which winners from three different categories receive prize money ($100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd). The three age categories are Junior division (ages 12-14), Intermediate division (ages 15-16), and Senior division (ages 17-19).  There are two different competitions: one for international and one for Hungarian students.

It is free to enter the contest and all involved are volunteers.

At the awards ceremony, we try to bring in renowned writers to say a few words and award the prizes. In the past we have been fortunate to have authors such as Bekes Pal, Jaap Scholten, Konrad Gyorgy, Spiro Gyorgy, Bob Dent, Phil Done, and Barnas Ferenc.  In the past years we have had such media coverage from Duna TV, Nepszabadsag Newspaper, The Budapest Times, and the Budapest Sun.