2018 Teen Fiction Writing Contest

Teen Writing

Thank you for your interest in PPLD’s 2018 Teen Fiction Writing Contest.

Submissions were due by June 25th, and are now closed.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place in the East Library Community Room on July 29th, 2018 from 2:30-3:30. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • When will I know if I have won? We will notify participants by mid-July if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the East Library, regardless of if they won an award.
  • Are you publishing the anthology again? Yes! We will be publishing the top five in both middle school and high school (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and two honorable mentions).
  • Will I get feedback for my work? Yes! You will receive a copy of your story with comments via email after the awards ceremony.



Yes, there will be first, second, and third place prizes in both the middle school and high school categories.

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Fiction Writing Contest!

Yeah, if you win, you get the story published in an e book anthology. That's the prize.

That's not all. I can't remember if I got money or a gift card when I placed in previous years, but it was one of the two.

Is it mandatory for the award winners to attend the Awards Ceremony? Say one of the winners is unable to attend. Would they simply not receive their earned reward?

Attending the awards ceremony is not mandatory and you would still win an award, but you would need to visit East Library in order to pick up your prize.

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Writing Contest!

No, the title does not county toward the overall word count of your story.

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Fiction Writing Contest!

So just checking, fanfiction where the characters and settings are already set isn’t allowed since it isn’t completely “original”, right?
Thank you!

Correct, fanfiction is not eligible to win the the contest.


I'll be here to write the story, but in the middle of it I'll be moving to a different state. Am I still able to enter?

Yes, you can still enter, but make sure the email address and phone number on your entry form is up to date.

Yes, please keep the fonts consistent with the rest of your story.

What should the rating guidelines for the written piece be? That is, what would the limitations on profanities of content be?

Hello! Please keep the use of profanity to the absolute minimum. While you will not be disqualified for including profanity, ask yourself, "is using this word really necessary to tell my story?"

The number of entries fluctuates. We had around 50 total entries last year in both categories.
Thank you for your interest in the contest!

Can we have an image on our title page or not? And if so could we credit artist as well in the word count?

Please do not include a photo in your submission. It would not be taken into account during judging or include in the anthology should your submission be selected.

And you should always cite your sources. :)

Thank you for your interest in the contest!

I had some questions. Is informal language okay and do quotation marks, etc. count towards word count? Also, are we allowed to leave off at cliffhangers?
thank you!

Punctuation does not count towards your word count.

Your choice of language and endings are up to you.

can there be a prologue before "the letter could not have come at a worse time"?

As stated in the submission requirements, the first words of your story must be "The Letter could not have come at a worse time" in order to be eligible for the contest. Any other opening line - including a prologue - will result in disqualification.

Thank you for your interest in the contest!

There can be more than one author on the same story. If the story wins, however, there would still be only one prize.

Thank you for your interest in the contest!

Can the entries include religious topics, like God, or angels, or will we disqualify if we use those topics?

Yes, you can include religious topics. It will not disqualify your story.


When we are filling out the form, do we put the grade that we were in for 2017-2018 year or 2018-2019 year?

Either way will work as long as you are between 12 and 18 years old.
Thank you for your interest in the contest!


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