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Teen Writing Contest

The Canton Public Library is excited to host its 1st Teen Writing Contest. Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 7 & 8, Grade 9 & 10, and Grade 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group and category will be invited to read at our Garden Reading on May 20, 2019. The writers chosen to present their work at Garden Reading will also have the opportunity to participate in a Spoken Word/Presentation Workshop lead by well known local author Beth Vrabel on May 11. Beth has published multiple Children and Young Adult novels. All entries will be published in a chapbook and added to the Canton Public Library's collection. Copies will be available for sale.

How to Enter the Contest:

  1. Take a look at the Poetry Guidelines and the Short Story Guidelines
  2. Write your story! Need some help attend one of our contest kick-off programs listed on the library's Events Calendar
  3. Submit the work using either the Poetry Submission Form or the Short Story Submission Form!

As a fun addition to the writing contest, we are looking for a piece of artwork to be the cover of our Chapbook. The art must be an original creation by a Teen in grades 7-12. Art work can be submitted through the Cover Art Submission Form.

General Guidelines:

  • Writers must be in grade 7-12
  • Previously published stories will not be accepted.
  • Writers may submit one story or series of poems.
  • All entries must be submitted through the google forms.


Canton Public Library * 40 Dyer Avenue * Canton, CT 06019 * 860-693-5800 * Fax 860-693-5804
Email the Library: smccusker@cantonpubliclibrary.org