39th Annual Young Writers Contest

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chappaqua Library, young writers in grades 5-12 are encouraged to submit their work to the 2019 Young Writers Contest. The details are as follows:

FICTION (short story, drama)
NON-FICTION (essay, journalism, humor, descriptive prose)

The deadline is Friday, March 22 at 11:59pm. No late entries will be accepted.

There will be separate middle school and high school judging in each genre:

  • First Prize = $100
  • Second Prize = $50
  • Third Prize =  $25
  • Honorable Mention = Certificate

Rules/Judging Criteria

  • The competition will be judged by a panel of professional writers and publishers.
  • Criteria: creativity, style, originality, and correct spelling and grammar.
  • Each entry must not exceed 2,500 words.
  • You may submit a maximum of one piece in each of the 3 categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry).
  • For multiple submissions, submit a new application for each entry.
  • These entries may be any of your work, including school assignments, as long as:
        it was written when you were in 5th grade or older.
        you haven’t submitted it to this contest before.
        it has not won awards in any other contest.

Contact your English teacher or email ChapFriendsYWC@gmail.com.

Hard-copy entries are no longer accepted.