The 2018 Teen Writing Contest & Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize submission period has ended. Winners will be announced by Friday, May 18th.

BPL's Teen Writing Contest is a chance for local teens to showcase their work in a supportive environment and to win the new Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize, an award to honor Ned and his literary legacy.

If you're a teen writer from New York City, grades 6-12, you're invited to submit your poetry and prose to be judged by a panel of BPL's expert young adult librarians for creativity, style and voice.

Participants and their families are invited to a celebration at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center at Central Library, featuring student readings and a panel conversation between published young adult authors who share their experiences and advice with the aspiring writers. Top winners in poetry and prose will receive the new Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize with a cash award, and have their pieces published in the Teen Writing Journal distributed by the Library.

Download the flier for more information.

Submissions for the 2018 Teen Writing Contest will be accepted March 19-April 22.

The following Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prizes will be awarded:

  • First Place, Middle School Poetry ($500)
  • First Place, Middle School Prose ($500)
  • First Place, High School Poetry ($500)
  • First Place, High School Prose ($500)
  • Second Place, Middle School Poetry ($250)
  • Second Place, Middle School Prose ($250)
  • Second Place, High School Poetry ($250)
  • Second Place, High School Prose ($250)


An additional 12 students will be awarded honorable mentions and receive small gifts.



About Ned Vizzini

Ned Vizzini (1981 – 2013) was raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and began writing for the New York Press at the age of 15. At 19, he published Teen Angst? Naaah..., his autobiography of his years at Stuyvesant High School. His debut teen novel, Be More Chill, was named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and selected for the Today Show Book Club by Judy Blume. It's Kind of a Funny Story was adapted into a feature film and was named one of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels by National Public Radio. The Other Normals, his third novel, was a Junior Library Guild selection. He also wrote for television, including MTV's hit show "Teen Wolf." His books have been translated into 25 languages.


The Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize

The Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize, a cash award that is the centerpiece of Brooklyn Public Library's Teen Writing Contest, was launched in 2016. Ned was not only a tremendously gifted author – one who started writing professionally at age 15 – he was also a dedicated mentor to young writers. Among the advice he gave to aspiring writers was to read widely, write from their hearts, and seek readers to provide feedback.

The Prize is made possible by the generosity of Ned's family, friends and fans. To contribute to the Prize, please make your donation by choosing Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize under Direct Your Gift.

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Lead Sponsors

Disney Publishing Worldwide Laura Price

Visionary Sponsors

William C. Bullitt Foundation Enterprise Lighting Sales Poetry Foundation
Harpers Collins Children's Books
Caroline P. Huber        Emma Price Vizzini & James Vizzini


Photo Credits: Teen Writing Contest Winners © Gregg Richards

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