Teen Writing & Cover Art Contest

  • For grades 6-12, sponsored by Timberland Regional Library, NTPS, City of Lacey, and many community partners.

    Brandon Mull, this year's best-selling Lacey Loves to Read author, explores imagination in many of his works. All contest entries should explore, include, or reflect on themes of imagination and how we (or characters) use our imaginations.

    Entries accepted November 22, 2021 - January 15, 2022. No entries will be accepted after 6PM on January 15, 2022.

    Check out winners past on Lacey Timberland's website >>

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Contest Rules & Guidelines

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    Brandon Mull, this year's best-selling Lacey Loves to Read author, explores imagination in many of his works. All contest entries should explore, include, or reflect on themes of imagination and how we (or characters) use our imaginations.

    All entries should be submitted with an all-ages audience in mind.

    Entry Guidelines

    • Each submission must be the creative and original work of a single author/artist.
    • Limit one entry per category (short story, poetry or cover art) per contestant.
    • Entrants must attend North Thurston Public Schools or live within the NTPS boundary area.
    • Private or homeschool students may enter as long as they live in the Lacey area.
    • Contest limited to amateur (unpublished) authors. Authors who have self-published their own works for free distribution may participate.
    • Short Story entries must be 1,250 words or less. (Maximum of 5 double-spaced pages in 12-pt font. Arial or Times New Roman, suggested.)
    • Poetry entries must be 30 lines or less.
    • Each page must include a header with Title, Category, Grade, and page numbers on far right (ex. My Great Poem, Poetry, Grade 6, p.1)
    • No handwritten entries will be accepted.
    • Cover Art entries must be in portrait orientation on a single 8.5 in X 11 in. sheet, and if digital, should have a resolution of 300 dpi, and be created in ink, paint, or digitally.
    • Contest submissions are non-returnable.
    • Timberland Regional Library and the member organizations of Lacey Loves to Read reserve the right to reproduce your work. You can reuse all your work after February 28, 2022.
    • Entries may be submitted to the Lacey Timberland Library no later than 6 pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

    To Enter

    Complete the entry/creative works release form. Include your name, your parent/guardian’s name, grade, contact information, and appropriate signature(s).

    Via Email

    • Save your Writing entry in a WORD document or in .rtf file format. (rich text format)
    • Save your Cover Art entry in a .JPG, .TIF, .PNG, or .GIF file format.
    • Scan your completed entry form and save it as a .pdf file with the entrant’s name as the filename (ex. JohnSmith.pdf)
    • The email subject line must say: LL2R 2022 and the grade level of the entrant (ex. LL2R 2022 grade 9 or LL2R 2022 grade 6)
    • Attach your writing/cover art file and your entry form file to the email.
    • Send the email to rsedore@TRL.org

    Via Hardcopy

    • Print out or type your writing entry on 8.5 X 11 white copy paper, double-spaced, 12 pt font, one side of paper only. Staple your entry with one staple in the upper left corner, or use a small binder clip.
    • Print out or create your cover art entry on 8.5 X 11 white paper, portrait orientation. Color or black & white entries are acceptable.
    • Enclose your completed entry form and your entry in a manila envelope marked Attn: Raina Sedore, LL2R 2022 Poetry & Cover Art Contest
    • Turn in your envelope at the Lacey Timberland Library at 500 College Street SE during the library’s open hours. Entries may be turned in at any service window (or desk, if the library is open for in-building visitation).

    Prizes

    Writing entries in each category will be judged on excellence in elements such as characterization, plot, setting, and theme (for short stories) and language, flow, impact, and theme (poetry). First, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be given in each category. Prize packs will include a book by Brandon Mull, a Friends of the Lacey Timberland Library book bag, & Amazon gift cards.

    Cover Art entries will be judged on originality, technique, clarity, and appropriate reflection of the overall theme(s). The winning entry will be featured on the cover of the Lacey Loves to Read 2022 eBook & will receive a Prize Pack (book by Brandon Mull, Friends of the Lacey Timberland Library book bag, & an Amazon gift card.)

    Winning entries will also receive

    Publication in and a copy of the Lacey Loves to Read 2022 PDF eBook, available for download at the website for Lacey Timberland Library and the website for Lacey Loves to Read.

    (Finalists will be notified no later than Friday, February 4, 2022).