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Write On! Short Story Contest (ages 8-12)

April 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - April 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


The Round Rock Public Library is accepting entries to the Write On! Tween Short Story Contest. Young authors, ages 8-12, may submit an original short story. The contest will be open from Thursday, April 1, 2021, to Friday, April 30, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

Writing contest prizes:

  • The writers of the top three stories will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card: 1st place $30, 2nd place $20, and 3rd place $10.
  • All short story 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.
  • The 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.  We are not able to include them in the book. 
  • Writers must be ages 8-12.
  • Previously published stories will not be accepted.
  • Entries (both digital and mailed) must be received before 5:00 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021.
  • Entries must include the writer’s name, parent or guardian’s name, age, e-mail address, phone number, and the story title.
  • Entries submitted that do not meet the contest guidelines will be disqualified. 

How to enter the contest: 

  • Read the contest guidelines. 
  • Write your story!
  • The Teen Advisory Board will vote on the top three stories. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 21, 2021.
  • Digital Submission: Save your story in a Word document or in a plain text file.  Attach the file and email it to: Amy German at amygerman@roundrocktexas.gov.
  • Mail-in Submission: All mailed in stories will be the property of the library and not returned.  Please mail a copy if you would like to keep the original story.  Mail the submission to: Round Rock Public Library, Attention: Amy German, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock, Texas, 78664.

2020 Writing Contest:


Please contact Amy German at amygerman@roundrocktexas.gov or 512-218-7034


April 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am
April 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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Round Rock Public Library
216 E. Main St.
Round Rock, TX 78664 United States
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