Youth Writing Contest

2017 Youth Writing Contest

Our annual youth writing contest is for students in grades 3 through 12.  The categories are short story, memoir, and poetry.  Deadline for entries is May 5, 2017.  As our organization officially meets six times a year, the awards ceremony will be held at our July 15, 2017, meeting.  Students who place in the contest will receive an invitation via email/snail mail.

The contest entry form (and rules) can be downloaded from this page.  The form is located at the bottom left of this page and is entitled "Registration Form 2017.pdf".

Enjoy the wonderful experience of writing!

Remember . . .

You fail only if you stop writing.

 Ray Bradbury, American fantasy and horror author (1922-2012)

Janet Taylor, Youth Writing Contest Organizer

short story
  • an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot
  • a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words
  • a short work of fiction usually dealing with a few characters and a single event
  • the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts
  • metrical writing
  • writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
  • writing usually with a rhythm that repeats
  • a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation
  • an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography
  • a written account in which someone describes past experiences that are usually based on personal knowledge of the subject
  • a story of a personal experience
These definitions are NOT requirements of the contest.  They were placed on this page for the pure fun of learning.  
Janet Cooper Steinhoff Taylor,
Jan 23, 2017, 7:13 PM