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Teen Creative Writing Contest 2020/2021

Contest deadline extended to April 1st.

Reflecting on 2020

Teen Creative Writing Contest LogoDo you think you’re the next William Shakespeare, John Green, or Angie Thomas? Would you like a chance to share your original story or poem with the world? If so, you should enter the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Teen Creative Writing Contest! 2020 has been a unique year that has impacted us all. From social justice issues, to a once in a lifetime deadly pandemic, it has been quite a challenging year. We invite submitters to reflect on 2020 in their stories or poems, but all topics and ideas are welcome. Five winners will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble, and all authors who submit acceptable entries will get to see their writing in the Akron-Summit County Public Library Creative Writing Contest Collection.


  1. All entries must be the original work of the submitter.
  2. Submitters must be entering grades 6-12 in the 2020-2021 school year.
  3. There is a limit of three entries per submitter.
  4. Entries are due by April 1, 2021.
  5. Entries should be no longer than 20 pages.
  6. All works longer than two pages must be typed in a Microsoft Word or Google document and submitted electronically via email. (When using Google Docs, please ensure that you give the library staff permission to view your work.)
  7. All handwritten entries must be printed and legible.
  8. All entries will be included in the Akron-Summit County Public Library Teen Creative Writing Contest Collection at the discretion of library staff; each submitter with an acceptable entry or entries will receive a complimentary copy mailed to their home address. Entries will not be returned, so make a copy!
  9. Five entries will be selected as “Judges Choice” award winners. These authors will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.
  10. Whether you are submitting a paper entry or an electronic version, all submissions must contain the information on the submission form below.

* It usually takes a few months for all of the entries to be typed, edited, and put into the collection.

Submit your Entry

Choose from one of the following submission options:

Download, print & fill out our entry submission form and turn your entry in at any of our branch library locations or the Teen Department at the Main Library.

Download, print & fill out our entry submission form and mail your entry to:

Akron-Summit County Public Library
Attn: Susan Russ, Youth Services Office
60 S. High Street
Akron, Ohio 44326

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