Calling all teen 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 April 1 – 30.

Email your submission as an attachment to:

Please note the following guidelines:

  • You must be ages 12 – 18 to enter. There are two age categories: 12 – 14 & 15 – 18.
  • Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and attached to the email as a file attachment.
  • 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.

Prizes will be awarded for winners in the 12 – 14 year old age range and in the 15 – 18 year old age range.

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

Help us kick off the Writing Competition with a Poetry Slam Workshop presented by Elementz, Youth Arts Center for Hip Hop, Respect, and Community, on Thursday, April 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Lane Library.

Then join us for the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Fairfield Lane Library.