Youth Writing Contest

Our annual youth writing contest is for students in grades 3 through 12.  The categories are: short story, memoir, and poetry.  Deadline for entries is May 5, 2017.  As our organization officially meets six times a year, the awards ceremony will be held at our July 15, 2017, meeting.  Students who place in the contest will receive an invitation via email/snail mail.


Click here to download the contest entry form and rules. (link: Registration Form 2017)


Enjoy the wonderful experience of writing!

“You fail only if you stop writing.”

-Ray Bradbury, American fantasy and horror author (1922-2012)



Short Story

  • an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot
  • a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words
  • a short work of fiction usually dealing with a few characters and a single event



  • the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts
  • metrical writing
  • writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
  • writing usually with a rhythm that repeats



  • a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation
  • an account of one’s personal life and experiences; autobiography
  • a written account in which someone describes past experiences that are usually based on personal knowledge of the subject
  • a story of a personal experience


These definitions are NOT requirements of the contest.  They were placed on this page for the pure fun of learning.



Janet Taylor, Youth Writing Contest Organizer