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Creative Writing Competition

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Teen Creative Writing Competition

Sponsored by Ray Okonski

Calling all teen authors and poets! Showcase your work
with Farmington Community Library’s annual Teen Creative Writing Competition!

Teens in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area
are eligible to win prizes in different writing categories and age divisions.

June 3 – July 30, 2017

We have changed the date of this year’s Teen Creative Writing Competition to align with
the Teen Summer Reading Program. We hope that the summer schedule will give teens more time to write,
though submissions that were started during the school year will be accepted.

Teens are encouraged to consider the “Build a Better World”
theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program,
but they are not required to use it as part of their writing.




Age Divisions

Ages 11-14
Ages 15-19

All residents and/or students of Farmington/Farmington Hills who have completed 6th – 12th grade
in public, private or parochial schools are eligible.



1-7 pages, typed.

A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and a total invention.

For both age groups, create a work of fiction of your choice.


  3-100 lines, typed.

A piece of literature written in rhythm and/or rhyme.

For both age groups, create a work of poetry of your choice.


Submission Requirements

*12 point font
*Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial font
*No graphics or specialty fonts
*Work must be original to the entrant
*No previously published works accepted
*1 work per category accepted
*Please do not include name on submission;
only the title should be on work to preserve anonymity in judging
*You must submit your work through email to
*You must include the following information in the body of the email: First and Last Name, Phone number, Poetry or Prose, Age group, School.



Judges will consider these qualifications when reviewing submissions:

Grammatical correctness and spelling
Word choice


All submissions are due by July 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.



Prizes will be awarded in each category for each age division:

First Place: $100
Second Place:  $75
Third Place:  $50

Winners will be honored with a ceremony at the Farmington Hills Main Branch on 12 Mile Road.

Winners will be notified late August/early September.


For more information contact:

Merry Beth Tacy (Main Library) at (248) 553-6870

or Jennie Willard (Farmington Branch) at (248) 553-6264


Prizes are generously supplied by Ray Okonski.


Click here for last year’s winners.

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