Teen Writing Contest

Teen Summer Writing Contest: More Than Meets the Eye 

Calling all young authors! We’re looking for teen writers to wow us with stories of deception and hidden depths! Finalists will receive a gift card and have their submissions added to the library’s permanent collection!

Submission Deadline: The contest will be accepting submissions from June 18 through to September 6.  All submissions are to be emailed to TAG@nvdpl.ca by midnight on September 6th at the latest.

Contest Details:

  • Genre: We accept anything: short stories, fanfiction, poetry, graphic novels, creative nonfiction, essay, etc. Just make sure it uses the theme: more than meets the eye! 
  • Content: Incorporate the theme: more than meets the eye. It can involve espionage, someone undercover, hidden codes, or just someone who gets underestimated… 
  • Length: Maximum 5,000 words.
  • Format: Submissions must be submitted in MS Word or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font, and double spacing.
  • Judging: Entries will be read by a panel of librarians and local writers. Submissions will be judged on the following elements: incorporation of the theme, development of plot and characters, structure, creativity, and mechanics (spelling, grammar, 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!


Email TAG@nvdpl.ca