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Teen Winter Writing Contest 2017

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Submit a piece of original writing for a chance to win great prizes!
PLUS, winners will be published in a book!

The Details

  • You may submit only one piece of writing per category, but may submit to both categories for your age group.
  • All participants must be in grades 6 to 12 and reside within the Capital District.
  • School assignments will be accepted. Previously published material will NOT be accepted. All entries must be original work.
  • Judging will be anonymous and based on content, creativity, style and technique. All decisions are final.

The Deadline is Monday, February 13th, 2017!

The Submission

  • Submit your piece to
  • Categories:
    • Grades 6 – 8, Poetry
    • Grades 6 – 8, Fiction or Nonfiction Prose
    • Grades 9 – 12, Poetry
    • Grades 9 – 12, Fiction or Nonfiction Prose
  • Entries must include a title page with the following information:
    • Title of piece
    • Your first and last name (Do NOT include your name on any other page)
    • Your address
    • Your school AND your grade
    • Your phone number AND your email address
    • Category/grade of submission (If you are unsure about which category to choose for your piece, contact the Library for assistance – CPH: 518-371-8622, GPL: 518-456-2400)
  • DO include the title of your piece in the header of every page.
  • Entries must be typed, double spaced, 12pt font.
  • Prose (fiction/nonfiction) submissions may not exceed 2,500 words OR about ten pages.
  • Poetry submissions may not exceed 5 pages. Pieces falling under “other” (graphic novel mediums, playwriting, screenwriting) may not exceed 20 pages.
  • Ensure your submission meets these requirements. Failure to do so may disqualify your piece.

The Prizes

  • Prizes will be awarded to a second and first place winner for each category, in each age group.
  • Grand Prize: All first place winners will have the unique opportunity to workshop their pieces with Donna Liquori, Bibliofiles columnist for the Times Union. The workshop will be scheduled after the winners have been decided.
  • All participants are invited to attend a reception on March 3, 2017 from 6:30-8pm, at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. First place winners will have the opportunity to read excerpts from their pieces at the reception. Honorable mentions will be announced and recognized.
  • Winners will be notified and announced the week of the reception.
  • Winners will be published in a book!

Updated 11/18/2016 KR
Updated 1/18.2017 MC