Creative Writing Contest

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It’s time for the 27th annual Friends of the Library Creative Writing Contest!

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Click here for an official entry form.

Categories

Short Story (fiction)
Poetry

Limited to two entries in each category per person; no graphic novels, please

Age Groups

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

Short Story Length

Grades 3 through 8: Up to 4 pages
High School and Adult: Up to 5 pages

Poetry Length

Maximum of 50 lines for all age groups

Formatting

Only original materials may be entered.

All entries must be double-spaced, with one inch margins and in 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font.

Each entry must have a completed Entry Form as a cover page.

DO NOT write your name on the pages of your entry.

DO NOT staple the pages of your entry together – a paper-clip, envelope or folder is admissible.

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.

Prizes

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

Deadline

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mail or Deliver To

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

Judges

Comprised of WNPL employees and community volunteers who are approved by the Friends of the Library

Winners (Only)

Will be notified the week of April 13, 2020

Winning entries may be on display on the library’s website or social media.

Awards Ceremony

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00pm in the Meeting Room at the Warren-Newport Public Library.

Winners, their family and friends are invited to the awards ceremony. Each winner will be given their certificate, prize and an opportunity to give a reading of their winning piece.

Photographs, audio, and/or videotaping may take place at the awards ceremony.