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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 12 – August 2, 2020

We have changed the date of the 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 “Imagine Your Story”
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, Fiction or Poetry, Age group, School



Judges will consider these qualifications when reviewing submissions:

Grammatical correctness and spelling
Word choice


All submissions are due by August 2, 2020 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 in September 2020; venue and details will depend on world events.

Winners will be notified late August/early September.


For more information contact:

Teen Librarians Jennie Willard and Shira Pilarski at


Prizes are generously supplied by Ray Okonski.


Click here for last year’s winners.

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