Submit poetry, short stories and comics to our annual teen writing contest.

The contest celebrates its 30th year in 2017. Entries open in June.

Contest Details

Young writers can submit once to each of the three categories: short stories, poems, and comics. Entry is free!

Entries to the contest are judged on originality and style, as well as grammar and spelling. Be sure to read all the contest details and rules before submitting.

Short Stories

Short stories can be up to 1,500 words. No illustrations or drawings are allowed in the short stories category. Entries must be typed, and submitted online. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Poems

Poems can up to 36 lines. Write your poem in any form (sonnet, ode, haiku, etc). No illustrations or drawings are allowed in the poems category. Entries must be typed, and submitted online. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Comics

Comics are accepted in black and white only, and inked in black (black fine liner pens work best). Comics can be 4-7 pages long, and must be on white, letter size (8½ x 11") paper, with page numbers. Submit online, or if you are submitting a hand-drawn comic, please visit the library in person and submit to the Iinformation Desk. Your name must not appear anywhere on your work.

Prizes

Each category of short stories, poetry, and comics have their own winners. Entrants can submit and be eligible to win in each category!

Category 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Stories, ages 12-14 $125 $100 $75
Stories, ages 15-18 $125 $100 $75
Poems, ages 12-14 $125 $100 $75
Poems, ages 15-18 $125 $100 $75
Comics, ages 12-18 $125 $100 $75

Rules For Entrants

  • For 2017, you must be born between 1999-2005 in order to be eligible for the contest. Absolutely no exceptions.
  • You must have your own Surrey Libraries' card, in your own name (not your parents). Library cards are free!
  • You can submit up to one item per category. That is: any combination of 1 short story, 1 poem, and 1 comic. Please don't submit more than one per category, or you will be disqualified from the contest.
  • All entries must be your own original work, and cannot already have been published elsewhere.
  • Entries must meet the criteria stated above (e.g., word count, page size, online submission).
  • Your name must not appear anywhere on the entry itself (not on pages, or in the file name). Your name will be submitted in the entry form only. 
  • Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy of your work for yourself.
  • This contest is not open to employees of the Surrey Public Library and their immediate family.
  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline of [date to be announced].

Have questions? Send us an email.

library-teens@surrey.ca

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