Write On! Tween Contest

June 1 to July 31

Do you have a story to tell? Get your imagination going, because it’s time for Write On, our annual short story writing contest just for tweens. It's a great way to practice your writing skills and flex your storytelling muscles. This year, we’re challenging you to use this sentence, anywhere in your story:

“It tasted disgusting!”

All entries are read by our judges: esteemed local authors Jennifer Maruno and Sylvia McNicoll, and children’s librarian Frances Hanemaayer. The judges invite all participants to a celebration and writing talk in the fall to honour our tween writers. Award winners will be announced at this celebration.

This year prizes are awarded in the following categories:

  • Author Jennifer Maruno’s Choice
  • Author Sylvia McNicoll’s Choice
  • Librarian’s Choice
  • Most Unexpected Use of the Prompt
  • Most Likely to “Go Viral”
  • Most Likely to Make You Laugh Out Loud

To enter the contest, you must:
  • be a resident of Burlington or attend a school in Burlington
  • be in Grade 4, 5, or 6 in the 2018-2019 school year

Entries are accepted from June 1 to July 31, 2019:

  • All entries must include one story and one completed entry form (under Related Links below)
  • Any entry received after July 31 will not be considered
  • Entries can be submitted in person at any BPL location or online via email
    • Send email submissions to writeon@bpl.on.ca
    • Include a completed entry form and your story as two attachments on one email
    • .doc, .docx, and .pdf file formats are preferred

To be considered, stories must meet the following criteria:

  • Includes the sentence “It tasted disgusting!” somewhere in the story
  • No more than 1,000 words
  • Typed, double spaced, black font, on standard 8.5”x11” white paper with numbered pages
  • Includes the story’s title on the first page
  • Do not put your name anywhere on the story, entries are judged anonymously
  • Unpublished, original work written only by the participant
  • No fan fiction, no illustrations

The Fine Print

  • One entry per participant.
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • By entering this contest, you give permission to BPL to use your name (first name and last initial) for promotion purposes on the Library's print, visual, or online media.
  • By entering this contest, you give permission to BPL to publish your story on our website if selected as one of the prize winners.

Do you teach Grade 4, 5, or 6 in Burlington? Write On is a chance for students to practice creative writing and have their work read by well-known local children’s authors. If you’d like more information about how you can incorporate this opportunity into your spring 2019 curriculum, please contact:

Frances Hanemaayer, Community & Programming Librarian
905.639.3611 ext 1300

Write On! Tween Contest entry form