Write Now Contest

Burlington Public Library’s writing contest is back, and this year, the contest is open to everyone ages 10 and up, including adults. Do you have a story to tell? Get ready to tell it! Whether you have a poem, a comic, or a short story, we want to hear from you. The contest deadline is June 30.

To help us celebrate our wonderful city and the Library’s 150th birthday, we're including a special challenge—all submissions must include either Burlington or 150! Either can used in any way in your piece; it doesn't have to be about an anniversary or the name of a city (e.g. "There were 150 stars out that night...", "The Misadventures of Penelope Von Burlington"). The rest of the rules and everything you need to know can be found in the dropdown links below.

  • Entrant must live, work, or attend school in Burlington.
  • All short stories, comics, and poems must be unpublished, original work of the entrant. Fan fiction is not accepted.
  • Entries must include either ‘Burlington’ or ‘150’ somewhere in the writing to qualify for the contest.
  • Only one entry per category will be accepted.
  • First round of judging will be done by a team of library professionals.
  • Final round of judging will be done by esteemed local authors.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • All participants in the final round will receive a copy of the judges’ comments on their submission(s).
  • The winner in each category will be notified and their submission will be posted on the library website.
  • By entering this contest, you are giving permission to use your name for promotion purposes, including the Library’s print, visual, or electronic/online media.
  • Burlington Public Library subscribes to the basic principles of intellectual freedom and the open exchange of information. The writing contest is an open forum for writers to express their ideas and creativity.

Judging categories & awards

  • Short story: Ages 10-12, 13-17, 18+
  • Poem: Ages 10-12, 13-17, 18+
  • Comics: Ages 10-12, 13-17, 18+

Fill out the online form on this page and attach your entry. All submissions must include either Burlington or 150 used in any way in the writing to qualify for the contest.

Short story:

  • Maximum 1,500 words
  • Typed, double-spaced, with a white 8- 1/2” x 11” page layout.
  • Title must be on first page of work only.
  • Do not include title pages or images.
  • Number the pages.
  • Entries are judged anonymously; do not put your name anywhere on your work.

Poem:

  • Maximum 25 lines
  • Typed, double-spaced, with a white 8- 1/2” x 11” page layout.
  • Title must be on first page of work only.
  • Do not include title pages or images.
  • Number the pages.
  • Entries are judged anonymously; do not put your name anywhere on your work.

Comics:

  • Maximum 8 pages
  • Entry must be complete in itself, and not a fragment of a larger work
  • No more than eight pages
  • Work can be with or without words, in black and white or color.
  • It could be fiction or non-fiction
  • Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are original works (no clip art).
  • Use 8 ½ by 11 paper and submit as flat work and not as a booklet.
  • Entries are judged anonymously; do not put your name anywhere on your work.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf docx.

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