Creative Writing Contest

Calling all teens!  This is your chance to express your creativity and win $250!

Open to all students, regardless of residence, currently enrolled in grades 9-12.

The winner will receive $250 and his/her manuscript will be published on our website and in the Bookmark,
our quarterly publication.

The runner-up will receive $100.


Life is a series of new experiences. Whatever the result, each experience leaves us changed in some way. 
For this year’s contest, we are asking you to write about a specific experience that opened your eyes—as
if you were putting on a new pair of glasses—to things you haven’t considered before.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Creative Writing Contest Rules

1.  Manuscripts must include:

  • Cover page with the title of the short story, author's name, age, mailing address, phone number,
    e-mail address, name of school and word count.
  • Title page with title only, no other information.
  • Manuscripts must be in Word (not PDF), double-spaced.
  • Page numbers on every page, and must not have author's name or other identifiers on any page
    other than the cover page.
  • Word count of 300-1,500 words.

2.  Other requirements:

  • Manuscripts must be original work and must not have been published previously.
  • Author must have his/her own Newport Beach Public Library card.  Cards may be obtained at no
    charge at the Central Library or any of the branch libraries.

Manuscripts must be emailed to no later than Tuesday, January 30, 2018. 
Late entries will not be accepted.  Winners will be notified on or before March 5, 2018.

Information: or 949.717.3818