Teen Writing Contest
Calling all teen writers! Do you like to express yourself through words? Do you have something unique and interesting to say about living through a pandemic? Could you be the next voice of your generation? Join our Teen Writing Contest! You could win a prize and be published on our website.
Write a short story or a personal narrative on the theme “Life in the Pandemic.”
Please read the details and rules below carefully before submitting!
- Contest is open to Upper Dublin residents in grades 6-12.
- Submission Deadline: February 22
- Entries will be judged based on content including plot and character development, originality, interpretation of the theme, and quality of expression.
- Participants will submit through the library website.
- Entries may be shared on the library website, social media, and in the Writing Contest e-book.
- Winners will be notified the week of March 8 and announced on the SRMS, UDHS, and UDPL websites, as well as social media.
- Contest is in partnership with Sandy Run Middle School Library and Upper Dublin High School Library.
- Participants must be a resident of Upper Dublin Township and in grades 6-12.
- Entries can be original works of fiction or creative nonfiction including short stories, personal narratives, essays, memoirs, and graphic novels. Sorry, no poetry!
- Entries should reflect the theme “Life in the Pandemic.”
- All entries must be original by a single author. No plagiarism and no work containing copyrighted characters (including fan fiction) will be considered.
- Entries should be in PDF or DOC format, double-spaced, 12-pt font, and no more than 5 pages. (Graphic novels may not exceed 5 pages but do not need to be double-spaced.)
- Participants should only include their first name on their work. Personal information should only be entered in the required fields of the submission form.
- No more than two (2) entries per individual will be accepted.
- All entries must be submitted by Monday, February 22 at 11:59 pm.
- Six winners will be chosen from 2 age groups: middle school (Gr 6-8) and high school (Gr 9-12).
- 1st place: $50 Visa Gift Card
- 2nd place: $25 Visa Gift Card
- 3rd place: $15 Visa Gift Card
- Prizes sponsored by the Friends of UDPL
Prompts to Inspire: Need a little inspiration? Read through our prompts to spark an idea! (Please note: You do NOT need to answer these prompts. Prompts are simply suggestions if you have writer’s block.)
- Write about how the year 2020 changed your world. What did you do to adapt? What changes, big and small, are you seeing in the world around you?
- Incorporate text messaging into your story, either as a conversation or as the entire story.
- Write a letter to your future self, describing what you should remember most about this time when you look back.
- Create a journal or postcard series.
- Write an editorial about something you have an opinion about related to the pandemic. What have you seen that has made you proud? Upset? Appreciative? Scared?
- Write about what you miss most about life before the quarantine or what you are looking forward to after the quarantine.
- Write about what you have learned about yourself during the pandemic. Have you changed?
- What acts of kindness have you seen during the pandemic, either small or large?
- Has anything funny happened to you during quarantine? Anything exciting?