Teen Creative Writing Contest

Teens, want to express your creative, written voice?  The Alachua County Library District invites you to submit a short, fictional story and/or poem to our Creative Writing Contest for teens!

Short Story Fiction

Does your story have a beginning, middle and end?  Does it take place now or in the past or future?  Does it have interesting characters and a well-developed plot, and is it between 500 and 2500 words? Then submit your story!   



Do verses run through your head?  Love writing haiku or is free verse more your style?  Write something you believe in. Tell a story that only you can tell and submit up to three poems, any style or form!


Submissions will be grouped according to your grade, 6-8th grades (middle school) or 9-12th (high school).  Within each of the two grade ranges, there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd places awarded to both the top fictional, short stories and poems -12 recognitions in all.

Two prominent, local writers, one known for writing fiction and short stories, Lauren Groff, and one for poetry, Lola Haskins, will judge each category, respectively.

Entries are being accepted at any branch library with deadline Fri., Mar. 11th, 2016, 5 PM.  Make sure to complete and include the Creative Writing Contest Entry Form.  Both Entry Forms and Rules and Regs are available below.


Winners will be announced at a reception Sat., Apr. 23rd, 2016, 11 AM in the Teen Space at the Headquarters Library, 401 East University Avenue in Gainesville.

Winners will be awarded by having their writings bound in an anthology by the Library District with copies added to the library’s permanent collection!

Questions? Email Kerry Dowd, kdowd@aclib.us or call (352) 334-3941.

Creative Writing Contest Entry Form and Rules and Regulations:

Posted by KerryD on January 19, 2016