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Teen Writing Contest

Welcome to the 2023 Teen Writing Contest!

Week Four/Final Prompt: 

My fingers tensed around the object in my pocket, ready to use it at a moment's notice.

Submit your week four entry using this form before midnight on Sunday, December 3. The week four prompt is the last prompt of the 2023 contest.

How to Enter the Contest

The contest begins on Monday, November 6, 2023. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, December 3, 2023. 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 @

Entry Details

Prompts will be posted each Monday (November 6, 13, 20, and 27) at or around noon PST. Prompt will be available until Sunday of the same week. 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 of PVLD librarians and winners will be selected by Rena Barron as advertised. All finalists will be invited to a short awards reception via Zoom in January 2024 and winners will be announced by Ms. Barron 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, both 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 Place: Contest winner will receive $100.00. Entries 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 Place will receive $50.00, Third Place will receive $35.00.

 Both Honorable Mention winners will be awarded $10.00 each.

 Entries will be published on the PVLD website. 

Writing Help

Writing Tips from author Tomi Adeyemi

Sarah Dessen on Writing Unforgettable Love Interests

Writing Advice from author Natasha Ngan

My Advice to Young Writers by Melissa de la Cruz

10 Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing

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


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