All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce the call for submissions for All Pikes Peak Writes 2021! All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+, and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest. This year’s contest will have three categories for Middle School and High School (ages 12 - 18), Young Adult (ages 19 - 24), and Adult (ages 25+). Please see the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category below.

Submissions will be accepted Sat., May 15 through 9 p.m. on Thu., July 15.


Eligibility:
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 12+.

Judging:
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Awards:
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category. An award ceremony will be held in mid-August to announce the winners.


Categories & Submissions:

Click on age group for submission information.
Ages 12 - 18
Ages 19 - 24
Ages 25+


Please contact hbuljung@ppld.org or criesenberger@ppld.org for questions or more information.

Comments

Thank you for your question. The timing of the contest is planned around the end of the school year for some of the larger school districts in the county. We intentionally overlap with the last few weeks of school so that teachers can promote it to their students, and PPLD staff can promote it during end of the school year outreach. This year's submission actually opened later than any previous year May 15th as opposed to May 1st!

Hello, I submitted my story Saturday afternoon, but I never received a confirmation e-mail, or even a confirmation number, should I have?

Hello! There is no confirmation email or number, but we have received your submission.
Thanks!

Hi, if I win, when should I expect to be notified? Thanks.

Hello,
Thank you for your question and your interest in All Pikes Peak Writes! We will notify winners in early August.

Thanks and happy writing!
Heidi

I just saw a question about word count being 3500 not 2500. What is the correct word count for 12-18 category? Thanks

The correct word count for the 12-18 category is 2,500 words.

I know that the first words have to be 'A strange light appeared in the sky' but I want to know if I can put a date before that, because it is a historical fiction write and I want to the reader to know what era it takes place in.

Your story needs to begin with A strange light appeared in the sky. You can add the era afterwards if you like. For example, "A strange light appeared in the sky in 1959".

Can I put a date before 'A strange light appeared in the sky' to show readers what era my story happens in?

Your story needs to begin with A strange light appeared in the sky. You can add the era afterwards if you like. For example, "A strange light appeared in the sky in 1959".

For the title and chaper headers will I be disqualified if the font be a different font and size? Thank you!

No, you will not be disqualified as long as the majority of the story is in Times New Roman or Calibri.

Hi there-
I've participated in this contest since 2014 (most of those entries under my deadname), and I recall that the first few years, feedback was given in the form of notes on the story itself, whereas last year (and possibly the year before, I am unable to recall), feedback was simply a small paragraph. I found the former to be significantly more useful, as it showed me directly the errors I was making rather than leaving me to speculate which part a particular phrase was referring to. Which of those methods will be used this year?

Hi Anke,

Thanks for your question! The feedback will be in the form of a paragraph this year. We understand how valuable the feedback is in the form of notes on the story itself, so we will explore options for how we can bring this form back for future contests.

Thanks!
Heidi

Can we use pen names or do we have to submit the stories under our real name?

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in All Pikes Peak Writes! You are welcome to submit your entry under a pen name, we just need to make sure we have good contact information for you if your story receives an award.

Thanks for participating in All Pikes Peak Writes and happy writing!
Heidi

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