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Calling all kids and teens in grades 3-12 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. Write a story using this phrase: “It would be best if you put that back where you found it.” 
  2. Complete the entry form with your original story attached between March 1 and March 31, 2024.
  3. Provide your first name, last initial, grade, age, school, SLCL card number, library branch, parent/guardian name, parent/guardian phone, and parent/guardian email address.


Official Rules and Guidelines

  • Students in grades 3-12 are encouraged to enter.
  • Entrant or entrant’s parent/guardian must have a SLCL card.
  • Limit one submission per person. 
  • Limit one author per submission. No collaborations.
  • Your story must contain this phrase: “It would be best if you put that back where you found it.” 
  • 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 for grades 3-5, 250-750 words for grades 6-8, and between 500-1000 words for grades 9-12 (title does not count).
  • Please attach entry as a “.docx”, ".rtf” or “.pdf” 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 March 1 and March 31, 2024.
  • Winners will be chosen in three categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
  • Winners will be notified by Wednesday, April 24, 2024.
  • Winning entries will not be posted publicly. 
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Visa gift cards will be given for 1st ($50) and 2nd ($25) place in each category.