Teen Writing Contest

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Thanks for your interest in BPL's 6th annual writing contest!

Please take some time to read our guidelines before submitting your entry as there are some changes from previous years. Teens in all NYC boroughs are eligible to enter. Participants must be between the ages of 12 and 18, and may submit no more than one item in each category (prose & poetry). If more than one item is received per category only the first submission will be considered. Be sure to edit work carefully before final submission.

Word count limit:

  • Prose submissions may not exceed 2500 words.
  • Poetry submissions may not exceed 500 words.

If selected as a winner or finalist:

  • You agree to have your work edited by judges for final compilation and publication on our website.
  • You will be asked to read a portion of your work in a celebratory reception to be held on June 9.

Entries can be submitted between April 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015. 

Click here for a printable flyer.

Please submit the author's information below. If the information is being submitted by a teacher, parent/guardian, mentor or other please provide your name and email address in the field at the bottom of the form.

Instructions on how to copy and paste from Microsoft Word:
Once you are done writing your piece and have edited and are ready to submit:
Edit - Select All -
Right-click mouse - copy
Minimize Microsoft Word and go to the Teen Writing Contest submission form.
Click in the box provided for prose/poetry submission
Right-click - paste
If you need further assistance, ask the staff at your local library to help you.

Note: * means the field is required for successful submission.