Recognizing Our Future Bestselling Writers
Teen Winter Writing Contest for the Capital District
Two area libraries are collaborating in the Second Annual Teen Winter Writing Contest which gives young authors and poets an opportunity to showcase their writing skills, and the chance to win great prizes and publication!
Open to teen writers who reside in the Capital District, this cooperative effort between the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library and the Guilderland Public Library is an extension of the program that was started last year at GPL by Young Adult Librarian, Ashleigh Whitfield, who is now on staff at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.
“We had such a great response to the contest last year that we wanted to offer the opportunity again,” said Ms. Whitfield, “We were so impressed by the pieces we received!”
“With our two libraries working together, we are reaching a wider audience so that more students are able to enjoy the experience sharing their work beyond the classroom. We’re very excited to read the new submissions,” she continued, “and I know the judges are going to have some tough decisions to make; they sure did last year!”
GPL’s Bryana Wachowicz, the Librarian handling the Guilderland side of the program, was equally enthusiastic: “We’re so glad we could make this great program even better. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students in both locations to have fun with writing, and have their work recognized. Winning entries from each category will be published in a book that will be given to each winner and made available for sale at each library. We all know how important publication is to a writer … of any age!”
So teens, what’s your story? Send it to us! Full details on the contest are available online at www.guilpl.org/teenwriting, but here are the basics:
· All participants must be in grades 6 through 12 and reside within the Capital District.
· Judging will be anonymous and based on content, creativity, style, and technique. All decisions are final.
· All entries must be original work. School assignments will be accepted. Previously published material will NOT be accepted.
· You may submit only one piece of writing per category, but may submit to both categories for your age group.
· The categories:
o Grades 6 – 8, Poetry
o Grades 6 – 8, Fiction or Nonfiction Prose
o Grades 9 – 12, Poetry
o Grades 9 – 12, Fiction or Nonfiction Prose
Prizes will be awarded to a second and first place winner for each category, in each age group.
Grand Prize: All first place winners will have the unique opportunity to workshop their pieces with Donna Liquori, Bibliofiles columnist for the Times Union. The workshop will be scheduled after the winners have been decided.
All participants are invited to attend a reception at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library on March 3, at 6:30 pm. First place winners will have the opportunity to read excerpts from their pieces at the reception. Honorable mentions will be announced and recognized.
Teens: What are you reading this for? Get writing!
About the Libraries
The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library is located at 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park. Visit the Library’s website at www.cphlibrary.org to see upcoming programs and services. Follow CPH Library Teens on Instagram to get the latest news and event information for Young Adults.
The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland. Visit the Library’s website at www.guilpl.org to get information on upcoming programs, and to register online via the homepage’s “Events & Registration Calendar.” Check out the “unofficial” Library updates at facebook.com/Guilderland.