Write On! Tween Contest

June 1 to July 31

Do you have a story to tell? Get your imagination going, because it’s time for Write On, our annual short story writing contest just for tweens. It's a great way to practice your writing skills and flex your storytelling muscles. This year, we’re challenging you to use this sentence, anywhere in your story:

“It tasted disgusting!”

All entries are read by our judges: esteemed local authors Jennifer Maruno and Sylvia McNicoll, and children’s librarian Frances Hanemaayer. The judges invite all participants to a celebration and writing talk in the fall to honour our tween writers. Award winners will be announced at this celebration.

This year prizes are awarded in the following categories:

  • Author Jennifer Maruno’s Choice
  • Author Sylvia McNicoll’s Choice
  • Librarian’s Choice
  • Most Unexpected Use of the Prompt
  • Most Likely to “Go Viral”
  • Most Likely to Make You Laugh Out Loud

To enter the contest, you must:
  • be a resident of Burlington or attend a school in Burlington
  • be in Grade 4, 5, or 6 in the 2018-2019 school year

Entries are accepted from June 1 to July 31, 2019:

  • All entries must include one story and one completed entry form (under Related Links below)
  • Any entry received after July 31 will not be considered
  • Entries can be submitted in person at any BPL location or online via email
    • Send email submissions to writeon@bpl.on.ca
    • Include a completed entry form and your story as two attachments on one email
    • .doc, .docx, and .pdf file formats are preferred

To be considered, stories must meet the following criteria:

  • Includes the sentence “It tasted disgusting!” somewhere in the story
  • No more than 1,000 words
  • Typed, double spaced, black font, on standard 8.5”x11” white paper with numbered pages
  • Includes the story’s title on the first page
  • Do not put your name anywhere on the story, entries are judged anonymously
  • Unpublished, original work written only by the participant
  • No fan fiction, no illustrations

The Fine Print

  • One entry per participant.
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • By entering this contest, you give permission to BPL to use your name (first name and last initial) for promotion purposes on the Library's print, visual, or online media.
  • By entering this contest, you give permission to BPL to publish your story on our website if selected as one of the prize winners.

For Teachers
Do you teach Grade 4, 5, or 6 in Burlington? Write On is a chance for students to practice creative writing and have their work read by well-known local children’s authors. If you’d like more information about how you can incorporate this opportunity into your spring 2019 curriculum, please contact:

Frances Hanemaayer, Community & Programming Librarian
905.639.3611 ext 1300

Write On! Tween Contest entry form