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Thank you to everyone that sent in submissions!  We loved reading your creative stories and poems.  It was very hard to come to a consensus, but here are this year’s winning submissions (Disclaimer: Some submissions may contain graphic language):

First Place: This Message Will Now Repeat by Rebekah Wells
Second Place: Underbaked Goods by Gail Nixon
Third Place: Addiction by Priyadarshini Gogoi

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Calling all adult writers! This contest is for you! Enter your original short story or poem for a chance to win a prize. Entries will be accepted from June 1 – July 31. Winners will be chosen on August 15th.

Email your submission as an attachment to: adultswrite@lanepl.org. (You will receive a “thank you” email within 48 hours of submitting your work. If you do not receive this email, please double check that you sent your short story/poem to the correct email address. If you have any questions or concerns please direct them to Morgan Sackenheim at m.sackenheim@lanepl.org)

Guidelines for submissions:

  • You must be ages 18 & up to enter
  • Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and attached to the email as a file attachment (must be submitted as a Word Doc, Google Doc, or PDF)
  • Please include your name, age, phone number, and email address
  • Entries may not exceed 2,000 words or 5 pages
  • Limit 1 poem and 1 short story entry per person
  • Work must be original, not previously published, and titled

Work will be judged on originality, clarity, ideas presented, voice, word choice, presentation, sentence structure, syntax and spelling.

1st place: $50.00 Amazon gift card
2nd place: $25.00 Amazon gift card
3rd place: $15.00 Amazon gift card