Kids

Short and Scary Writing Contest

Sponsored by the Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library

For Grade K-8

The deadline for entries is Monday, Oct. 10 • 9 p.m.

Scare us with your own original super-short story or poem. Create a scary work that’s 15 sentences or less. Winners get a Barnes & Noble gift certificate, a spot in our Kids’ Ink magazine, and the opportunity to read their entry live in the Library on October 29.

Enter using the form below.

Requirements:

  • All entries must be the original work of the student. Parents may transcribe a young child’s entry.
  • Students are limited to one entry, either story or poem.
  • Entries must be 15 sentences or less.
  • No weapons may be used in the story.

Judging Criteria:

Creativity and originality of entry. Illustrations are not included in judging criteria. Punctuation and grammar will not be judged. Winners will be notified the week of October 17.

Prizes:

Winners get a Barnes & Noble gift card, publication in Elmhurst Public Library’s Kids’ Ink magazine and the opportunity to read their entry live in the Library on October 29.

How to Enter:

This contest is open to all students in grades K-8 with an Elmhurst Public Library card or attending an Elmhurst school. Entries must be received by Monday, October 10 by 9 p.m. to qualify. Submit your entry using the form below. All entries become the property of the Elmhurst Public Library and may be posted on the Library’s website and/or social media.

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