Cumberland County Public Library

Creative Writing Contest 2018

Creative Writing Contest Entries accepted August 20th through September 3rd



Official Rules and Guidelines are as follows:

*There will be no exceptions*

Entry Period: August 20th  – September 3rd

Eligibility Requirements:

You may enter the contest is you are:

  • Age 12 or older by June 1st and live in Cumberland County, Virginia.
  • Or have a valid Cumberland County Public Library card.

Age Divisions:

The contest will consist of the following age divisions:

  • Ages 12-15
  • Ages 16-18


  • Short Story/Informal Essay: each entry no more than 1,500 words. A short composition on a topic or issue giving your opinion or recounting a personal experience that you had. No more than 1,500 words
  • Poetry: one poem no more than 300 words
  • Comic: Entries must be complete in and of themselves, and not a fragment of a larger work. No more than 8 pages. Work can be with or without words, black and white or color, and fiction or non-fiction. Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are not copyrighted. Standard letter size pages (8 ½” by 11”) are acceptable.
  • You can enter only one work per category, so a person can have multiple entries in the contest as whole but only in any particular category.

All Instructions and requirements must be met to be eligible to win prizes.



  • All entries are judged on the basis of content, originality and quality of writing. Judges decisions are final. Judges do not critique entries. All entries are anonymous when given to the judges.
  • Winners will be notified by phone if their entry wins.


  • Cash Prizes: $50 for first place, $25 for second place in each age group.
  • Winners will be notified by September 17th by phone and in a separate mailing from the entry application.


  • Entrants must fill out an application for each entry they submit. They may also submit entries online by sending a submission email to with the subject line: CCPL Creative Writing Contest 2018 Entry request.
    • The following information must be included in the email to be considered:
      • Full Name
      • Mailing Address
      • Phone number
      • Email
      • County of Residence or library card number
      • Age as of June 1, 2018
      • Which category: Poetry, Short Story/Informal Essay, or Comic
      • Acknowledgement of Terms and Conditions.


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