Young Author Writing Contest



In April and May, the Round Rock Public Library accepts entries to the Write On! Tween Short Story Contest and Rockin’ Teen Poetry 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.
  • The short story 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. 
  • Short story writers must be ages 8-12. Poetry writers must be ages 13-18.
  • 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. 

Questions about the writing contest?


Rockin’ Teen Poetry Contest

Jane Dance, Teen Librarian

Write On! Tween Short Story Contest

Amy German, Youth Services Librarian

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