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Friday, February 28, 2014

Teen Writing Challenge: Grab your pens!

Calling teen writers! Are you a poet? Do you have a story to tell? Maybe you wrote a short story for a class assignment… Now’s your chance to shine!

National Poetry Month is celebrated annually in April and once again, the library invites students in grades 6-12 to submit their original works to the Teen Writing Challenge. Our contest gives teen writers a voice, recognition, a chance at publication and the opportunity to win great prizes! 

Students grades 6-12 living or going to school in Fauquier County are eligible to enter three poems and/or one short story (500 words maximum) between March 1 and April 9. 

It's easy to enter. First, check out the entry guidelines
Next, download an entry form online or pick one up at any library location
Contestants can submit their work online here or at any Fauquier County Public Library. If you are under 18, don't forget to get your parent's authorization before entering. 

Just for the fun of it, here's a peak at last year's winners and their entries

To get you inspired, check out some of these stories in verse.

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

Hidden by Helen Frost

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle

Words with wings by Nikki Grimes

Winners will be recognized at an Teen Writing Challenge Reception at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton, Wed., April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and are invited to read their winnings works. 

Teen writers are also encouraged to check out our Teen Writing Clubs, Teen Advisory Group and other resources for teens here

Good Luck and Happy Writing! 

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  1. The link to upload the parental permission form doesn't work!

  2. Rest assured that you you can submit the form today, either in person or by email to We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for letting us know!