2018 Put Pen to Paper Short Story Contest for Teens

Accepting stories from April 6 to July 6, 2018

Do you have a knack for writing stories? Enter our annual short story contest and have the change to win great prizes, meet a published author, and network with other young authors. See below for contest details, rules, prizes, and to submit your story. Happy writing authors!


Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in two Grade divisions: The junior category (Grades 6 to 8), and the Senior Category (Grades 9 to 12). Winning entries are also published on Milton Public Library's website.

1st Place: $100.00 Chapters Gift Card

2nd Place: $50.00 Chapters Gift Card

3rd Place: $35.00 Chapters Gift Card

Contest Rules

One entry per student.

Entrants must reside or attend school in Milton.

Students must be finishing Grades 6-12 to enter, and must submit their work in the appropriate category: Junior Category (Grades 6-8) or the Senior Category (Grades 9-12).

Short stories must not exceed 1,500 words in length. Word count must be included in the entry form.

Entries must be typed, single sided, double spaced, using size 12 Times New Roman font. The title should appear at the top of the first page. All pages should be numbered. 

Do not put your name on your work, as it will be judged anonymously.

All works submitted must be original. Illustrations will not be considered. Proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling are a must.

All entries must be submitted electronically via the online entry form. Public computers are available at both Main Library and Beaty Branch if needed.

Entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.

The decision of the judges is final. Winners will be announced at the end of summer Awards Reception. 

By entering this contest, you are consenting to have your work, name, and photograph used for promotional purposes in local media and online. Please see a staff member for any further questions. 

Don't Forget to Proofread!

In addition to a great storyline, judges also look for proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Have a friend or a family member read over your story for you to help catch any errors. This will help take your story from good to great, and will help the judges to better see all your creative talent. 

Submit your Story

Submit your story in either a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Don't forget to submit your word count in addition to attaching your story. Please refer to the rules above to ensure your work is complete and ready to compete.

Attend the Awards Reception

Winners will be announced at the end of summer awards reception, on Monday, August 27th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Main Library. The evening will feature an author talk by 2018 Red Maple nominee Vikki Vansickle and presentation of the awards. Friends and family are welcome.