Teen Writing Contest

Explore new worlds with the Teen Summer Writing Contest @ NVDPL!

Calling all young authors! We’re looking for teen writers to wow us with stories of traveling across continents, time, space, or dimensions. Submit a tale of your choosing and you could win a gift card and have your piece of writing added to the library’s permanent collection!

Submission Deadline: The contest will be accepting submissions from June 13 through to September 5.  All submissions are to be emailed to hawkesj@nvdpl.ca by midnight on September 5th at the latest.


Contest Details:

  • Genre: We accept anything! Short stories, book chapters, fanfiction, poetry, graphic novels, creative nonfiction, etc. Just make sure it uses the theme! 
  • Content: Incorporate the theme: “Travel.” Can be time travel, world travel, or just a single brave step in the right direction.
  • Length: Maximum 5,500 words (typed and double spaced, please).
  • Judging: Entries will be judged on creativity, plot, how well you incorporate the theme “Travel,” and editing (grammar, spelling, etc.). 3 winners will be selected.
  • Submissions: Only 1 entry per applicant will be considered.
  • Age requirements: The contest is open to anyone going into grades 7 – 12.
  • Prizes: First place: $25 gift card to local bookstore, Second place: $15 gift card to local bookstore, Third place: $10 gift card to local bookstore. First, second, and third place winners will have their work published and added to the library’s collection!