Short Story Contest

Submit Your Horse Themed Story for A Chance To Win!

2021 Winners Announced, Check Back in June for 2022 Entries to Open!

Do you want to raise your voice to help horses while being creative at the same time?  Middle grade students (ages 10-14) and high school students (ages 14-18) are invited to submit a short story for WBF’s inaugural writing competition!

Winning stories will be read aloud by equine loving celebrities on our WBF social media, and both the Grand Prize Winners and Top Five Finalists in each category will receive amazing prizes!

Short Story Contest Winners

High School

"Wild As the Stars" by Allison A.

Age 17, Grade 12
Newnan, Georgia
Read by Mackenzie Foy

Middle School

"A Wild Ghost" by Ilané K.

Age 14, Grade 8
Cape Town, South Africa
Read by Beth Behrs

Short Story Contest Finalists

Our Summer 2021 Theme Will Be

"Wild Horses"

Herd of horses

Celebrities Reading Stories Include

Mackenzie Foy (Black Beauty, Twilight)

Iain Glen

Iain Glen (Black Beauty, Game of Thrones)

Calam Lynch

Calam Lynch (Black Beauty, Bridgerton)

Fern Deacon

Fern Deacon (Black Beauty, Ackley Bridge)

Hakeem Kae Kazim

Hakeem Kae-Kazeem (Black Beauty, Hotel Rwanda)

Claire Forlani

Claire Forlani (Black Beauty, Meet Joe Black)

Sascha Nastasi

Sascha Nastasi (Black Beauty, Being and Nothingness)

Max Raphael

Max Raphael (Black Beauty, School’s Out Forever)

Beth Behrs (Two Broke Girls, The Neighborhood)



One middle grade and one high school grand prize winner will receive:

  • Grand Prize Winning Story read aloud by a celebrity judge and posted to WBF social media
  • Grand Prize Winning Story published on the WBF website
  • $250 cash prize
  • WBF Gift Basket of goodies
  • A pair of Blundstone boots
  • A LaLa Horse subscription box
  • An official Black Beauty poster signed by Ashley Avis & Mackenzie Foy



  • Top Five Finalist Stories read aloud by a celebrity judge and posted to WBF social media
  • Story published on the WBF website
  • WBF Gift Basket of goodies
  • A LaLa Horse subscription box
  • An official Black Beauty poster



Ashley Avis

Writer & Director of Disney’s Black Beauty.  Founder & President of WBF.

Rick Rekedal

Former Chief Creative, Global Franchise, Dreamworks Animation (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, How to Train Your Dragon)

Terri Farley

Best-selling author of Seven Tears into the Sea, The Phantom Stallion series for young readers about the contemporary and historic West and many nonfiction magazine articles.

Monty Roberts

Internationally renowned horse trainer, author of books such as “Shy Boy,” “The Man Who Listens to Horses,” and many more.


Author, journalist, and publicist.  The Los Angeles Times, Horse Illustrated, Cowboys & Indians, and more.

Gini Barrett

Consultant for Animal Planet and Discovery Communications, expert in public policy analysis, government affairs, and public relations.

Edward Winters

Executive Producer, Disney’s Black Beauty.  Executive Director of WBF.

Larry Hummel

Executive Producer, Wild Beauty:  Mustang Spirit of the West.  Film producer and Los Angeles based talent manager.

Tina Derby

Founder, LaLa Horse

Bethany Lee

Founder, My Equestrian Style

Enter The Competition Now!

With this year’s theme being “wild horses,” we are hoping to help further illuminate the plight of mustangs in the Western United States. Write an original short story about a wild horse, and make sure to do your research to learn about them to give your story authenticity!

The creative possibilities are endless. Your story could be in first person like Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, or it could be third person. You could write about encountering a wild horse out on the range yourself, or focus on wild horse families.

Once your story is complete, we encourage you to post about it on social media. Tag WBF and use our hashtags for a chance to get featured on our channels! The more you post, the more we can raise awareness for wild horses who need help today.

Check back in May 2022 for this series sponsored by Blundstone to debut!

Facebook: @ The Wild Beauty Foundation
Instagram: @wildbeautyspirit
Twitter: @WildBeautyHerd

#istandwithwildhorses #powergracefreedom #wildbeautyspirit


Middle Grade Entries
Ages 10-13
1000 words maximum

High School Entries
Ages 14-18
2000 words maximum


Entries Open: May 15th, 2021
Submissions Close: September 30th, 2021
Winners Announced: Mid October


  • Stories should generally follow the WBF themes and mission, which about strength, authenticity, and elegance.
  • No profanity allowed whatsoever. The use of bad words, any explicit or hateful language will automatically disqualify stories.
  • Story must be the original work of the child.
  • Story must be fact or fiction, prose or poetry.
  • Non-English text must be translated to English text to qualify, and must adhere to the word count.
  • Title of story is not included in the official word count.
  • Middle grade entries include students ages 10-14, or through 8th grade upon time of submission.
  • High school entires include students from 9th — 12th grade upon time of submission.
  • If student is in between middle school and high school, they may choose to submit to either category, to which they feel is most appropriate.
  • All stories without exception must be submitted through the entry from, uploads, PDFs, and files are not permitted.
  • Winning stories will be selected by judges that include WBF team and advisory board members, and chosen for creative merit, attention to the subject, and overall excellence in writing.
  • Contestants must provide the required information, and a parent or legal guardian must provide participation consent for all entrants under 13 years old.
  • Finalists and winners, or the parent or legal guardian of finalists and winners for children under 13 years of age, agree to provide consent for WBF to use the first name and first initial of last name when announcing or publishing stories to social media.
  • All winners and finalists may be required to submit an additional consent form and will be alerted by WBF directly if needed.
  • Entrants and parents of entrants under 13 years old must agree to the privacy policy and terms & conditions.

Enter Your Short Story Here!

Submissions have closed.