Imagined Ink

Imagined Ink

Each year, the Imagined Ink Writing contest challenges teens in grades 6-12 to share their short stories, poems, essays, and comics. These pieces can be on any topic, but must be less than 1,000 words. While this short length can be tricky, it certainly hasn’t stopped our teens' creativity.

This year, judges from around the library district enjoyed entries filled with romance, humor, horror, fantasy, historical fiction, and beyond! Each submission was reviewed multiple times to select our top choices. We are pleased to present winners for Best in Show, High School Overall, Middle School Overall, and four Runner Up entries.

Make sure to check out the Imagined Ink 2021: Fall Teen Writing Contest compilation eBook featuring our winners, runner ups, and 30+ other finalists from this year’s contest! We also want to wish all of our promising young writers the best, and look forward to seeing what they have to bring to the 2022 contest.

2021 awards

Best In Show
"Squeaky Chair" by Kaya C. (PDF)
High School Overall Winner
"Brighter Than the City Lights" by Jamesen Caldwell (PDF)
Middle School Overall Winner
"Curse of the Halloween Witch" by Helena B. (PDF)


  • Best in Show: $200 Visa Gift Card
  • Age Group Winners: $100 Powell’s Gift Card
  • Runners-Up: $25 Powell’s Gift Card

Rules on entries

The Writing Contest was open to youth in grades 6–12 who live within, attend school in, or are homeschooled in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Woodland School District.

  • Entries must be 1,000 words or less
  • Comic entries must be submitted using the comic template (PDF). Limit of 6 pages per comic.
  • Must be original work by contestant and cannot include fan fiction or recognizable characters or settings from other media
  • May be any genre, topic ,or format
  • Must be in English or Spanish
  • Only one entry per person

FVRL staff may edit entries for spelling and punctuation. Worldwide copyright on each entry remains with the author. Your entry in this contest grants permission to publish your story on FVRLibraries' website and in a collected volume to be distributed as an eBook through FVRLibraries’ OverDrive service.