2019 Teen Short Story and Poetry Contest

Contest Rules

Short Story Contest Rules:

The short story contest is open to 6th – 12th graders who live or go to school in Shorewood, WI. Submissions are due March 4th, 2019 and must be original works of no more than 3,500 words. They must be typed in 12 point font and double spaced. Stories can be submitted electronically to splteen@mcfls.org or in person to a librarian at the Shorewood Public Library (3920 N Murray Ave., Shorewood, WI). All entries must include a title page with the author’s first and last name, grade, school and contact information (phone number or e-mail). If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Quintero at splteen@mcfls.org. Only one entry will be accepted per contestant.

Poetry Contest Rules:

The poetry contest is open to 6th-12th graders who live or go to school in Shorewood, WI. Submissions are due March 4th, 2019 and must be original works. They must be typed in 12 point font and double spaced. Poems can be submitted electronically to splteen@mcfls.org or in person to a librarian at the Shorewood Public Library (3920 N Murray Ave., Shorewood, WI). All entries must include a title page with the author’s first and last name, grade, school and contact information (phone number or e-mail). If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Quintero at splteen@mcfls.org. Only one entry will be accepted per contestant.

Contest Judges

Dan Agacki started his literary journey penning lyrics for his fake band in Elementary School.  Throughout High School and College he worked on school newspapers.  Eventually, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from UW-Milwaukee.  In the past he has contributed to Furrow Literary Journal, Punk Planet, Third Coast Digest, and other local publications.  Currently he is freelancing for The Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Record, and Explain.news. 

Ellie Piper holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in nonfiction writing and a Master of Science degree in book publishing from Portland State University. She copy edits magazines by day and moonlights as an editor of novels and other long-form writing when time allows. She has written most extensively about the punk scene in Cuba and women in mixed martial arts, and has contributed writing and/or editing to Bitch magazine, the Believer blog, Maximum Rocknroll and others. As a student, Ellie was part of the editing team for two young adult novels: Forgive Me if I’ve Told You This Before (a Lambda Literary Award nominee) and A Series of Small Maneuvers (Readers Choice recipient at the 2017 Oregon Book Awards). She worked with young writers as an intern for Oregon Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program and as a workshop facilitator with Write Around Portland. She lives in Milwaukee and is super excited to read your work.  

Prizes

1st place for each category: $50 gift card

2nd place for each category: $25 gift card