Young People’s writing contest

Tulsa City-County Library’s annual Young People’s Creative Writing contest can help achieve a writing routine.

Entries for the 2016 contest are being accepted Feb. 1-March 4.  The contest is free to enter and open to ages 10-18 for those who live in Tulsa County, attend school in Tulsa County or have a nonresident library card.

There are three age divisions: 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18.  Participants may enter one manuscript per category.  Within each age division, there are five categories:

  • Short Story – each entry no more than 1,500 words.
  • Informal Essay – limited to 1,500 words.
  • Poetry – one poem, no more than 300 words.
  • Short Play – no more than six characters, no more than three locations, no more than 10 pages.  Limited to five to 10 minutes in length.
  • Graphic Short Story – entry must be complete in and of itself, and not a fragment of a larger work and no more than eight pages.

Within each age division and category, cash prizes are awarded in the following amounts: $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.  The “Writer to Watch” award is endowed by retired TCCL librarian Rosemary Moran, the award of $100 recognizes a young adult who consistently entered the contest and demonstrated promising writing techniques.

All entrants will receive an invitation to the awards program, which will be held on May 6, 7 p.m. at Hardesty Regional Library’s Connor’s Cove, 8316 E. 93rd St.  Gordon Korman, winner of the 2016 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature, will be the featured speaker and will present the awards.

“The Young People’s Creative Writing Contest gives Tulsa County youth an outlet to express and exercise their imagination and creativity by offering them the opportunity to enter their writing in up to five different categories,” said Leah Weyand, Tulsa City-County Library teen services coordinator.  “Once a young writer ages into the contest at age 10, we encourage them to enter year after year and challenge themselves to improve their writing.  Perspective, technique and skills change as they mature.”

The contest is sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.

Entry forms are available at all TCCL locations or on the library’s teen website,  For more information, call a library or 918-549-7323.