2021 Annual Writing Contest

1st prize and 2nd prizes will be named in each of six categories:

 

Grades 7-9:    Short Fiction and Memoir

Grades 10-12:  Short Fiction and Memoir

NEW! Adult:  Short Fiction and Memoir

 

Entries will be judged by a panel of library staff, trustees, local teachers, and Teen Library Council members.  First ($100) and second prize ($50) gift certificates will be awarded in each category. Winners will be honored at a reception in January 2022; winning entries will be published on the Library website.

 

Entries accepted September 7 through December 3, 2021.

 

Guidelines:             

  • One submission limit per author per category; no co-authors.
  • Teen entrants must be in grades 7-12, live in the library service area; or attend an R.S.U. 1 school, Chop Point School, Hyde School, or Chewonki Middle School.
  • Adult entrants must be 18 years or older and live in the library service area (Arrowsic, Georgetown, Bath, West Bath, or Woolwich) or hold a valid Patten Free Library card. Library staff are not eligible for consideration.
  • Previously published work will not be accepted.
  • Entries may be up to 3000 words.
  • Include a header on each page with title, category, and page number.
  • Submissions will be judged blind. DO NOT include writer’s name anywhere on the submission itself.
  • No “fan fiction,” please.

 

All submissions must include the following information in a cover page (print) or in the email body (electronic):

  • Writer’s name, address, email, and telephone number
  • Title, word count, and category (short fiction or memoir)
  • Age: either Adult, or grade and school name, or note as homeschooled

 

E-mail submission:

  • Include the above information in the body of the email and submit your work(s) as an attachment. Acceptable formats include Word, .rtf or .pdf.
  • Email to Hannah Lackoff at hlackoff@patten.lib.me.us
  • Put “PFL Writing Contest Submission” in the subject line

Print submission:

  • Include the above information on a cover sheet and deliver to the Information Desk, or
  • Mail to:

Teen Writing Contest c/o Patten Free Library

33 Summer Street

Bath, ME 04530

 

Questions?  Call or email Hannah Lackoff

207-443-5141, ext 21

hlackoff@patten.lib.me.us

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