Teen Writing Contest

Show off your writing skills at the Teen Writing Contest @ NVDPL!

2019 was the second year that NVDPL hosted a teen writing contest over the summer, and the contest was yet again met with a wonderful response from local teens. The submissions ranged from high fantasy and spooky horror to meditative poetry and thrilling dystopia. The panel of judges, which included librarians and a local writer from the North Shore Writer’s Association, reviewed the submissions and selected three winners:

First place: The Book of Knowledge by Billy Park. It features a futuristic, dystopian Vancouver governed by an oppressive leader, and a few young renegades willing to challenge him.

Second place: Girls of Smoke by Annabel Li, a spine-tingling tale about a wicked curse, a tricky witch, and one girl’s quest to break a terrible spell.

Third place: Empire’s End by Yuri Jin-Talbot, a fast-paced dystopia about the effects of racism on a group of friends in a futuristic rendering of the United States.

The judges also selected two honourable mentions: The Fallen Angel of Wisteria by Angela Tan and The Not-So-Fierce Pirates of Zaedia by Shivali Sisodraker.

Winners received a free book and their stories have been published, catalogued, and added to the library collection to be checked out! The winning stories from both years can be located in the teen area of each branch of the library, in an archival box labeled “NVDPL Teen Writing Contest 2019 & 2018 Winners.” Please come by and check out our young, talented local authors!

All interested young writers grades 8-12 are also invited to attend NVDPL’s monthly writing group, which meets in Lynn Valley on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:15pm. Email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca with questions!