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Short Story Contest

The short story contest is over, but we are making plans to offer other contests in the future.

NASA hopes to send astronauts back to the Moon by 2020. Although the first trips will be short, the plan is to eventually build a base on the Moon where each successive astronaut crew will live and work for several months. This lunar exploration will help NASA prepare to send astronauts on 3-year, round-trip expeditions to Mars.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, from ages 8-17, were challenged to write a fictional short story about the life of a female astronaut working on the Moon.Through this web site, you can learn about the Moon, NASA’s plans for exploration, and the careers of NASA’s women, including 23 individuals.  Stories were judged by age level (8-9, 10-11, 12-14, 15-17) and many prizes were awarded.  Stories are posted on this web site with the author’s first name, age, and city.
2008 Contest Results

Congratulations to all of our short story authors. Here is a list of those who submitted:

Age 8
"The Gym on the Space Station" by Tayler, age 8

Age 9
"My Amazing Astronaut Story!" by Ariaha age 9
"A Woman on the Moon!" by Kyla, age 9, Canton, Ohio
"Miranda" by Margaret, age 9, Rocky River, Ohio
"Colonizing the Moon" by Mary, age 9, Kent, Ohio
"On the Moon" by Tara, age 9

Age 10
"Happy Halloween from the Moon!" by Elizabeth, age 10, Hudson, Ohio

Age 11
"Moon Voyage: The Diary of Savannah Brown" by Becky, age 11, Akron, Ohio
"Life on the Moon" by Haley, age 11, Wadsworth, Ohio
"Moon Virus" by Morgan, age 11
"A Day in the Life of Dr. Abagail" by Rachel, age 11, Hudson, Ohio

Age 12
"My Passion, Earth's Future" by Katelyn, age 12, Westlake, Ohio

Click here to download a PDF file containing the stories that were submitted.

Click to discover some interesting facts about how things really behave on the moon and in space. Learn what common space terms really mean .


  1. The short story competition is open  to youth members of ages 8-17 of the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.  We hope to offer future contests for Girl  Scouts across the USA.
  2. The story must be written in first person about a woman’s life  and work in a future base on the Moon.
  3. Descriptions of the Moon in the  story must be accurate.  For  example, the astronaut cannot collect Moon rocks to eat because the Moon is  not made of green cheese (or any other edible  substance).
  4. This is a writing competition, and  the story may not include illustrations or  figures.
  5. The story must have a title and  cannot be longer than 1,000 words.

We are not accepting any new stories for the contest, as the deadline was March 31, 2008.

A great way to start working on your story is by learning about NASA’s exploration plans and perhaps by looking back at past space exploration.  You can get helpful facts and story ideas from the many links above.  You can learn even more about NASA’s plans to send astronauts back to the Moon, by reading about the topics below:

Lunar Geology

Recap: Apollo

Lunar Exploration Science

Lunar Mission Scenarios

Mining and Manufacturing on the Moon

Space Tourism

Lunar Base Designs

Stepping-Stone to Mars

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Last Updated: August 29, 2016