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

The contest celebrates its 30th year in 2017. Entries will be accepted from Monday, June 5th, 2017 to Monday, July 31st at 11:59 PM.

Contest Details

Young writers can submit once to each of the four categories: short stories, poems, comics, and memior. 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 be 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.

30th anniversary special category: Memoir

A creative non-fiction category that invites you to explore your past. What is a pivotal memory? How has your community shaped you? What challenges did you overcome? This category celebrates the 30th anniversary of the contest, and Canada 150. The memoir entry can be up to 1500 words in length. No illustrations permitted. Entries must be typed, and submitted online. Your full name must not appear anywhere in 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 $150 $125 $100
Stories, ages 15-18 $150 $125 $100
Poems, ages 12-14 $150 $125 $100
Poems, ages 15-18 $150 $125 $100
Comics, ages 12-18 $150 $125 $100
Memoir, ages 12-18 $150 $125 $100

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, 1 comic, and 1 memoir. 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 in print or online.
  • 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 Monday, July 31st at 11:59 PM.

Have questions? Send us an email.

library-teens@surrey.ca

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Beth Barlow, Black Bond Books, Central City Films, Fast Signs, Imperial Hobbies, Means of Production, National City Films, Pacific Coast Catering Group, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Surrey Now-Leader.