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The Write Stuff Contest - March 1-31

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 that at least partly takes place in the future.
  2. Complete the online entry form with your original story attached between March 1 and March 31, 2020.
  3. The form will ask for your name, grade, age, SLCL card number, library branch, phone, email, parent/guardian name, and school.

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.
  • Write a story that at least partly takes place in the future.
  • 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 “.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 Sunday, March 1 and Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
  • Winners will be chosen in three categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
  • Winners will be notified by Monday, April 20 and posted at within a week.
  • First place entries will be posted in their entirety at
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Visa gift cards will be given for 1st ($50) and 2nd ($25) place in each category.