Teen Writing Contest

Thank you for participating! Writers will be contacted with details regarding the Awards Reception. See you next year! 

How to Enter the Contest

The contest begins on Monday, November 7th, 2022. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, December 4th, 2022.

Early or late submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will only be accepted from participants in grades 6-12.

You can enter once per week for a total of up to four entries. Duplicate entries in the same week will be disqualified. Finalists will be announced by direct contact to their email account.

In order for your entry to be officially submitted and reviewed by the selection committee, it must be submitted directly via the form available @ pvld.org/teenwritingcontest

Entry Details

Prompts will be posted each Monday (November 7, 14, 21, and 28) at or around noon PST. Prompt will be available until Sunday of the same week with submissions being accepted until 11:59pm PST. 

Each entry must be 500 words or less. Including the prompt in the submission is not required, but does count as part of the 500 words.

Only submissions that are in response to the week's prompt will be accepted; all others will be disqualified.

Participation in every prompt is not required. You may participate in as many weeks as you like.

Entries without the required information (first and last name, email address, current grade level, and full name of school) will not be accepted. 

Contest Details 

One entry per person per week. Finalists will be selected by a committee made up of PVLD librarians and winners will be selected by Phil Stamper as advertised.

All finalists will be invited to a short awards reception via Zoom in January 2023 and winners will be announced by Mr. Stamper at this time.

Contestant agrees that Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD) may publish their name. Contestant gives PVLD one time publication rights; the selected winner, second and third place, and both honorable mention recipients MUST agree to publication on the PVLD website.

PVLD reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received. All decisions are final.


Prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest. There is no weekly prize awarded.

First Prize: Contest winner will receive $50.00 cash. Entry will be published on the PVLD website.

Second and Third Place prizes, as well as two (2) Honorable Mention prizes will also be awarded. Second and Third Place will both be awarded $10 Amazon gift cards.

 Both Honorable Mention winners will be awarded a $5 Amazon gift card. 

 Entries will be published on the PVLD website. 

Writing Help

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My Advice to Young Writers by Melissa de la Cruz

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So You Want to Write: The Ultimate Guide to Writing YA Fiction


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