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The Write Stuff Contest

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

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:

Write one story, including the line: "What was that noise?"

Complete the online entry form with your original story attached between March 1 and March 31, 2018. 

You will be asked to include:

  • Name
  • Grade
  • Age
  • Current SLCL card number
  • Library Branch
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Parent/guardian name
  • School

Official Rules and Guidelines

  • Students in grades 3-12 are encouraged to enter.
  • Entrant must have a SLCL card.
  • Limit one submission per person.
  • Limit one author per submission. No collaborations.
  • Write one story, including the line: “What was that noise?”
  • 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 grades 3-8 and between 500-1000 words long 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 Thursday, March 1 and Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Winners will be chosen in three categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
  • Winners will be notified by Friday, 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.