Maddy Dune's First and Only Spelling Bee by Patrick O'Sullivan
Approx. 5,940 words.
Published on November 30, 2012 by
A dozen of the best young spellcasters in the land. The heir to the throne, determined to beat them all. And Maddy Dune, a half-human enchanter who'll settle for getting through the competition without killing anyone.
This story was first published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 27.