Young Author Writing Contest



In April and May, the Round Rock Public Library accepts entries to the Young Author Writing Contest.

Young authors may submit an original short story or poem. The top entries will be turned into a book that will become part of the Round Rock Public Library’s local author collection for children

Contest Guidelines:

  • Writers may enter one original short story or poem.
  • There are two age categories: ages 8-12 and 13-18.
  • The short story or poem must be a maximum of 2000 words or 5 pages double-spaced. There is no required minimum word count or story length. Please do not send pictures or graphics with your story or poem.  We are not able to include them in the book. 
  • Previously published works will not be accepted.
  • Entries (both digital and mailed) must be received before 5:00 pm on the last day of the contest.
  • Entries must include the writer’s name, parent or guardian’s name, age, e-mail address, phone number, and the story or poem title.
  • Entries submitted that do not meet the contest guidelines will be disqualified. 

Contest Winners:

Questions about the writing contest?


Teen Contest (ages 13-18)

Jane Dance, Teen Librarian

Tween Contest (ages 8-12)

Amy German, Youth Services Librarian

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