The Write Stuff Contest

Enter your original literary work and you could win a prize!

Calling all kids and teens ages 8-18 with a talent for creative writing! The library is holding a contest for all writers. There will be prizes for the winners.


How to enter:

  1. Send an email with your original literary work attached to or between March 1 and March 31, 2016.
  2. In the body of the email, please include the following:

    Name of entrant
    Current SLCL Library card number
    Library Branch
    Parent/guardian name

    Yes, I have read the official contest rules and followed them. I agree that the attached document is my own work and contains my own original ideas


The Write Stuff Contest Official Rules and Guidelines

  • Students age 8-18 are encouraged to enter.
  • Entrant must have a valid SLCL card.
  • Limit one submission per person.
  • Write one story, including the line: "You've just won!" the radio host announced...."
  • Entry can be funny, serious, etc. Judging will be based on originality, story flow/continuity and mechanical elements (grammar, punctuation, spelling).
  • Story must be between 250-500 words long for ages 8-14 and between 500-1000 words long for ages 15-18 (title does not count).
  • Please send entry as a ".doc" or ".rtf" file.
  • Each entry must be typed and double-spaced (no fancy fonts please).
  • Do not write your name or place any other identifying marks on the story pages.
  • Entries must be received between Tuesday, March 1 and close of business on Thursday, March 31, 2016
  • Winners will be chosen in three categories: Ages 8-10, Ages 11-14, and Ages 15-18.
  • Winners will be notified by Friday, April 15 and posted at within a week.
  • First place entries will be posted in their entirety on the Kids Blog and Read Alert teen blog.
  • Judges decisions are final.
  • Visa gift cards will be given for 1st ($50) and 2nd ($25) place in each category. Winner and runner-up will receive certificates.
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