After an incredibly successful Teen Poetry & Short Story Contest in 2021, we are excited to announce that we are bringing the contest back for a second year. Show-off your creative writing skills by submitting your short story and/or poem starting April 19. Good luck!

Teens ages 13 to 19.

We want YOU to submit original works of poetry or fiction to our Teen Poetry & Short Story Contest. Entries must be 1000 words or less. Our panel of WPL judges will be using basic judging criteria for each category to pick the winners. Teens are allowed to submit a maximum of 1 short story and 1 poem only. 

To view the poetry judging rubric, click here.
To view the short story judging rubric, PDF iconclick here.

We will be giving away some awesome prizes for first, second, and third place in each category. Plus, the winning writers will have their work shared publicly in our Inkling Magazine (view last year's edition of Inkling).

Submissions will be accepted from Tuesday, April 19 to Tuesday, May 31 at 9PM EST. Winners will be announced at the end of June.

You can enter your submission(s) using the form below. Please remember that you can only enter 1 poem and 1 short story. If you are submitting a poem AND a short story, please fill out the form TWICE (one submission for each category).

Teen Poetry & Short Story Contest Entry Form

Use the form below to submit your entry for the Teen Poetry & Short Story Contest. If you are submitting a poem AND a short story you will need to fill out this form TWICE (once for your poem and once for your short story). Please do NOT submit two entries on one form. As a reminder, participants can only enter 1 poem and 1 short story each into the contest. Good luck!

Last Year's Winners

Gain inspiration by reading through last year's winning short story and poetry entries in our Inkling Magazine. Click on the cover image below to view the magazine. 

Inkling Magazine Front Cover Vol 1 July 2021

Contact Us

Mariah Baldasaro
Coordinator, School Relationships & Outreach 
519.886.1310 ext 133