Teens throughout Pierce County have the opportunity to express themselves, stretch their imaginations, earn cash prizes and see their work published in Pierce County Library System’s 13th annual Teen Poetry and Fiction Writing Contest‚ÄîOur Own Words.
“Every year we are amazed and impressed by the outstanding writing the students submit,” said Neel Parikh, executive director of the Library System. “They find a positive outlet for their creative talents and energies in the contest. Participation may encourage the poets and authors to pursue future writing for professional publication and personal satisfaction.”
From Sunday, Feb. 8 through Saturday, March 21, teenagers in 7th-12th grades, who live in or attend school in Pierce County, may enter one short story and/or one poem in the contest. Participation in the contest is free. All entries must be in English. The poems must be 20 lines or less and the short stories must be no longer than 1,200 words.
Teens may get entry forms at Pierce County Library’s 17 branches and the Library’s Processing and Administration Center or online at www.piercecountylibrary.org. Teenagers may submit their entries online at www.piercecountylibrary.org or by mail to Pierce County Library System, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98446-2215.
Students may use computers at Pierce County Libraries or their school library to download the entry forms and submit their entries.
Library System staff, Pierce County Library Foundation Board members and professional writers will review the entries and select winners in the short story and poem categories for three grade groupings (7th and 8th grade, 9th and 10th grade, and 11thand 12th grade). The judges will review the pieces for originality, style, general presentation, grammar and spelling.
In all, Pierce County Library Foundation will award 18 writers with cash prizes of $50 to $100. The Library System will publish all of the winning entries in books and distribute them throughout Pierce County Libraries and to the winning students’ schools.
In the 2008 contest, teenagers submitted 800 short stories and poems.
The News Tribune helps fund the contest.