Teen Writing Contest 2016

Junior Short Story

Winner: The Scrolls of Zephors
Runners Up: The Lego Tower & My Life as a Up and Coming Debater

Junior Poetry

Winner: Broken
Runners Up: Why I Slam & Silent Kingdom

Junior Random

Winner: Portrait of  a Lady
Runner Up: 25 Second Love

Senior Short Story

Winner: Attic Sounds
Runners Up: All You Stray Dogs & Hunter and Ophidia

Senior Poetry

Winner: Soul (Don’t Correct Us)
Runner Up: Modern Life

Senior Random

Winner: My Icarus
Runner Up: Freedom


  • Short Story, Grades 7-9 & Short Story, Grades 10-12
  • Poetry, Grades 7-9 & Poetry, Grades 10-12.
  • Random, Grades 7-9 & Random, Grades 10-12.

What is the “Random” category, you ask? Writing in any format that is not a poem or short story. This is where you amaze us with your graphic novel, your zine, your original song lyrics, your screenplay, a personal essay, your blog, your best tweets…

If you are not enrolled in a grade as defined, your entry can be considered based on your age, rather than grade. Entrants must be born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2003.

Official Rules

  • Junior categories: Entrants must be in Grades 7-9 or born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003.
  • Senior categories: Entrants must be in Grades 10-12 or born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2000.
  • Entrants must have a valid Greater Victoria Public Library card.
  • One entry per category per person.
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on the submission (only on the entry form!) but please make sure that the title of the work is clearly marked on your submission.
  • Entries will not be returned or critiqued – please keep a copy of your work for yourself.
  • Please indicate on the entry form if you permit your work to be shared through the GVPL website if selected. All other submissions will be deleted or shredded to protect your intellectual property.
  • Winners will be selected by April 30 or earlier. Judges’ decisions are final.

Submissions must:

  • Be your own work and not have been published elsewhere (submissions that you wrote for a school assignment are accepted and encouraged).
  • Be received no later than midnight, March 29, 2016.
  • Short stories or other forms (such as essays) must not exceed 2000 words in length.

Judging and Prizes

  • Judges will be from a panel made up of library staff, local writers, and teens from GVPL’s Teen Council.
  • First prize in each category will be a $100 gift certificate to the store of your choice.
  • Runners up in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store of your choice.
  • Honourable mentions may be awarded (no monetary prize).
  • Winners and their writing will be featured at a Teen Writers’ Reception, May 11, 2016.


Questions? Email: teens@gvpl.ca