Centennial Young Adult Writing Contest

As the Delray Beach Public Library approaches one-hundred years of opening books and minds, the Young Adult Services Department has designed this Creative Writing Contest to encourage middle and high school students to utilize their library and develop their research and writing skills to create an original historical-fiction short story or poem set in Delray Beach, Florida, in 1913.

 Theme: Historical Fiction:  Short Story or Poem set in Delray Beach in 1913.

Award Categories: First, Second and Third places in two categories: Short Story and Poetry and open to two groups of students: Middle School and High School students from Palm Beach County. 

Contest Guidelines: 

Short Story Poetry
Font style: Times New Roman Font style: No restriction
Font size: 12 pt. Font size: No restriction
Line Spacing: Double Line spacing: No restriction
Page Numbering:  Right Top of Page Page numbering: Not required
Page size: Letter Page size: Letter
File Format: Word or PDF File Format: Word or PDF
Method of submission: emailDBPLCentennialWritingAward@gmail.com Method of submission: emailDBPLCentennialWritingAward@gmail.com
Word limit: None Word limit: None
Title Page: Required Title Page: Required
Participant’s Identification: Author’s full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the title page ONLY Participant’s Identification: Author’s full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the title page ONLY
Manuscripts will not be returned Manuscripts will not be returned

 

Deadline for EntriesFebruary 28, 2013, 11:59 PM 

Winners Announced: April 11th, 2013

Judges: Judged by faculty of the Florida Atlantic University Creative Writing Program

 

Judging Criteria:  

Short story:

  • research is smoothly integrated into story
  • setting (time and place) is more than incidental to story
  • displays originality in content and style
  • absence of clichéd language and stereotypes
  • deliberate choice of point of view without unintentional switches in point of view or tense (intentional switches should have some purpose)
  • use of vivid and specific detail
  • use of forward movement or progression to draw story to an end that feels believable but not predictable
  • generates thought and/or emotion in reader
  • use of  deliberate word choice, sentence structure and rhythm to create voice
  • absence of unintentional errors in grammar and punctuation

 Poetry:

  • Research is smoothly integrated into poem
  • Setting (time and place) is more than incidental to poem
  • Displays originality in content and style
  • Absence of clichéd language and stereotypes
  • Use of vivid imagery
  • similes and metaphors, if used, are organic to poem but not overly predictable
  • deliberate structure to poem that builds to a strong finish
  • generates thought and/or emotion in reader
  • deliberate use of poetic techniques such as (but not limited to) line breaks, stanza breaks, internal rhyme, repetition, rhythm, anaphora, caesura, and/or meter
  • end rhyme, if used, is carefully executed to deepen, not simplify, poem’s effect
  • attention to sound and silence
  • absence of unintentional errors in grammar and punctuation

 Rules of Entry:

1.    All Middle and High School students in Palm Beach County are eligible to enter the contest.

2.    Participants must submit their manuscript electronically to Loanis Menendez-Cuesta at loanis.menendez@delraylibrary.org

3.    Each participant can submit only ONE entry for Short Story OR Poetry; not both.

4.    Submissions must be an original work which has not been published previously (including but not limited to school newspapers, magazines, or open access blogs), or won any prize in a previously held writing contest.

5.    The entry must NOT contain any material that infringes copyright.

6.    By submitting the entry, the participant fully acknowledges and declares that the attached entry is his / her original work.

7.    Any submissions received after the deadline will NOT be considered.

8.    The organizer reserves the right to edit the winning and selected entries for their print/online publication.

9.    Any entries that are incomplete, do not follow the Contest Guidelines, or fail to comply with the said rules will be disqualified.

10. By entering the “TAB@DBPL Young Adult Centennial Creative Writing Award” you are giving the Delray Beach Public Library permission to use your name, submissions, and/or image for publication and promotional purposes.

Awards

  • Your work published in a Delray Beach Public Library publication.
  • Writing workshop with Frank McKinney, five-time international bestselling author, in his famous tree house.
  • Reading gear from Levenger, the purveyor of “tools for serious readers.”
  • Recognition on Delray Beach Public Library Website and social media.
  • Recognition as award winner in local media.

 

 To Enter the Contest: Entries, in the form of a word .doc or .pdf file, must be submitted by email to Loanis Menendez-Cuesta, Reference and Young Adults Librarian, at DBPLCentennialWritingAward@gmail.com by February 28th, 2013, 11:59pm.

 Good Luck! We look forward to your submissions!

Loanis Menendez-Cuesta
Young Adult Library Services
Delray Beach Public Library

 

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