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Young Adult Writing Contest

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Comics! Stories! Poems!

Congratulations to our 2016 winners!
Join us in 2017 for the 30th annual contest.

Categories & Prizes

Entrants can submit once to each of the three categories. That means, you can submit up to one short story, one poem, and one comic. Entry is free!

All entries will be judged on originality and style, including grammar and spelling. Entries that do not meet the criteria below will be disqualified without notice.

Short Stories

Short stories must be no longer than 1,500 words, typed and double spaced on 8½ x 11" (letter size) pages with page numbers. Do not illustrate your story. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work. Submissions must be online.

Ages 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
12-14 $125 $100 $75
15-18 $125 $100 $75


Poems must be no longer than 36 lines, typed on 8½ x 11" (letter size) pages with page numbers. Write your poem in any form (sonnet, ode, haiku, etc). Do not illustrate your poem. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work. Submissions must be online.

Ages 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
12-14 $125 $100 $75
15-18 $125 $100 $75


Comics must be done in black and white only, and inked in black (black fine liner pens work best). Comics may be 4-7 pages long on white 8½ x 11" (letter size) pages with page numbers. If you are submitting a hand-drawn comic, please visit the library in person and submit to the information desk. All other entries must be done online. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Ages 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
12-18 $125 $100 $75

Rules For Entrants

  • Entrants must be born between 1998-2004. Absolutely no exceptions.
  • This contest is not open to employees of the Surrey Public Library and their immediate family.
  • Entrants must have a valid Surrey Libraries' card, in their name. Find out how to get a library card.
  • All submissions must be the author's original work, and unpublished elsewhere.
  • Entrants can submit 1 item per category. That is, any combination of 1 short story, 1 poem, and 1 comic. Entries beyond this number will automatically disqualify you.
  • Entries must meet the criteria of form stated under "Guidelines & Prizes" above (e.g., length, pagination, etc).
  • The author's name must not appear anywhere on the work (name in entry form only).
  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline of 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
  • Entries must be submitted online (with exception to hand drawn comics which may be submitted in person to information staff at any Surrey Library).
  • Entries will not be returned or critiqued. Please keep a copy of your work for yourself.

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Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the Surrey Libraries Young Adult Writing Contest!

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