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Young Adult Writing Contest

Submit poetry, short stories, comics and memoirs to our annual teen writing contest.

Contest Details

Young writers can submit once to each of four categories: short stories, poems, comics, and the random category. Entry is free! The contest is open from June 3rd to Aug. 5th at 11:59 PM.

Entries to the contest are judged on originality and style, as well as grammar and spelling. Be sure to read all the contest details and rules before submitting.

Short Stories

Short stories can be up to 1,500 words. No illustrations or drawings are allowed in the short stories category. Entries must be typed, and submitted online as a Word document. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Poems

Poems can up to 36 lines. Write your poem in any form (sonnet, ode, haiku, etc). No illustrations or drawings are allowed in the poems category. Entries must be typed, and submitted online as a Word document. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Comics

Comics are accepted in black and white only, and inked in black (black fine liner pens work best). Comics can be 4-7 pages long, and must be on white, letter size (8½ x 11″) paper, with page numbers. Submit online, or if you are submitting a hand-drawn comic, please visit the library in person and submit to the Information Desk. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Random Category

This category welcomes any work that is NOT a short story, poem, or comic. It can be creative non-fiction, essay, a play, a screenplay, song lyrics, a picture book manuscript, or more. We welcome any writing-based exploration that does not exceed 1500 words. We look forward to reading your entries! Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Prizes

Each category of short stories, poetry, comics, and the random category have their own winners. Entrants can submit and be eligible to win in each category!

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