Young writers are invited to share their creativity and win prizes

Multnomah County Library hosts Summer Teen Writing Contest

PORTLAND, OR – Beginning June 13, all Multnomah County teens aged 12–18 are invited to participate in a writing contest made possible by The Library Foundation, with gift cards from Powell's Books as prizes.

Judges include the members of Hollywood Library Teen Council, a volunteer group that advises the library on teen issues, and celebrated local young adult novelist Blake Nelson, author of GirlThe New Rules of High School and Paranoid Park.

$75 gift cards will be awarded to the following winners in four categories:

  • best prose entry, grades 6–8
  • best poetry entry, grades 6–8
  • best prose entry, grades 9–12
  • best poetry entry, grades 9–12

Runners up in each of these categories will receive a $25 gift card.

Poetry or prose submissions must be in English and be no longer than five pages. The library will be accepting entries until July 31 or until there are 100 submissions, whichever comes first.

There are several ways to send submissions:

  1. fill out the online form
  2. send e-mail
  3. send surface mail to Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St., Portland, OR, 97212, attn: Laural Winter
  4. drop off your submission at any Multnomah County library

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Central Library on Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m.