Libraries present writing contest

Local wordsmiths are invited to enter the 39th Annual Adult Creative Writing Contest for a chance to win cash.  The annual event is sponsored by The Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries.

The contest is open to any person 18 years or older who lives, works, attends school in Tulsa County or has a nonresident Tulsa City-County Library card.  The deadline to submit entries is January 31. Submissions of unpublished original text are welcomed in these categories:

  • Poetry – with a 400-word limit
  • Informal Essay – with a 5,000-word limit
  • Children’s Fiction – with a 3,000-word limit
  • Short Story – with a 5,000 word limit

A $100 cash prize and a certificate are awarded to the best works in each category.  Second-place winners receive a $50 cash prize and a certificate.  Certificates are awarded to those receiving honorable mention.  Individuals may submit one entry per category.  Each entry must have a separate entry form and a $6 entry fee.

All winners and participants are invited to the awards during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on April 9 at Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford Ave.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Jay Cronley, author of Quick Change, Funny Farm, Good Vibes and Fall Guy.    First-place winners from each category will have the opportunity to read a short selection from his or her winning entry.

Entry forms, with a complete set of rules, are available at all TCCL locations or online at

For more information, call Gretchen Hannefield, Friends liaison and library volunteer coordinator, 918-549-7408.