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Thursday, September 24, 2009

How Do I Get an Entry Form?

Contact us at, and we will be happy to e-mail you an entry form for the 2009 Young Writers Fall Fiction Contest. You may also pick up a copy at the Spring Hill Library.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Young Writers Contest Theme

We are excited to announce the 2009 Young Writers Fall Fiction Contest theme. Let your imagination soar, and weave us a fantastical tale. This year's theme is:


Think outer space, knights, elves, magic, superheroes, under the sea, Halloween, goblins, vampires, princesses, trolls, talking animals, swamp creatures, unicorns, fairy tales of all sorts, or just craft your own special tale. You can do anything with this one. Have fun!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Young Writers Contest Judging Criteria

Contestant's entries will be measured on a scale of 1-5 (1 = poor, 3 = average, 5 = great). To achieve the highest possible score, focus on these criteria:


The story hooked and held the reader’s attention to the end.

The story had a distinct beginning, middle and end.

The story focused on the contest theme.


Correct punctuation used.

Correct subject-verb agreement used.

Tense shifts used appropriately.

Sentence and paragraph usage aided the story’s structure.


The story had a clear point of view.

The story had a distinct voice.

The author’s word choices describe the setting without being verbose.