Creative Writing Contest

creative writing contest

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It’s time for the 26th annual Friends of the Library Creative Writing Contest!


Short Story (fiction)

Limited to two entries in each category per person.

Age Groups

Grades 3, 4, and 5
Grades 6, 7, and 8
High School

Short Story Length

Grades 3 through 8: 1-4 pages, double-spaced.
High School and Adult: 3-5 pages, typewritten, double-spaced.

Poetry Length

A minimum of 8 lines for all age groups

Cover page

Must include name, address, and telephone number and if student. Please provide an email if you have one.

If you are a student, you must include age, grade, teacher’s name AND school attended.

Designate whether your entry is for the Short Story or Poetry category.

DO NOT write your name on Poetry or Short Story pages. ONLY on the cover page.


Will be awarded with certificate to winners in all categories (a total of 24 prizes!) as follows:
$50 First Place
$30 Second Place
$20 Third Place


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mail or Deliver To

Friends of the Warren-Newport Public Library
224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031


Selected by the Creative Writing Contest Committee; all decisions final

Winners (Only)

Will be notified the week of March 31, 2018


Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Meeting Room at Warren-Newport Public Library.

Please Note

Only original materials may be entered
Entries that do not follow formatting guidelines or are submitted after deadline will be removed from consideration
All materials may be used by the library for educational/informational purposes
Winning entries will be on display at the library and may be placed on the library’s web site or social media outlets
Photographs, audio, and/or video taping may take place at the awards ceremony

Please, no graphic novels.