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Submissions are closed for 2022. Check back on December 17 for the winning entries! 

Are you a creative tween or teen with a passion for writing and a desire to win a fantastic prize? Start getting your entries ready for this year’s Imagined Ink Teen Writing Contest, running until November 16, 2022. Entries will be read by a panel of judges, with prizes awarded to an overall Best in Show Winner, winners in each age group (12-14 years old and 15-19 years old), and several runners-up. A collection of the top works will also be published in the 2022 Imagined Ink Collection eBook, to be available to all library patrons through FVRLibraries’ OverDrive service.

Important Dates

  • October 8: Get inspiration for your entry at our Words & Pictures Festival featuring local authors and illustrators, writing workshops, and more.
  • October 10 & November 14: Join us for one of our virtual Teen Write-Ins to polish your entry before submission! Register online for one of the sessions on October 10 (featuring Clark County Poet Laureate, Armin Tolentino!) and/or November 14 at 4 pm.
  • November 16: Last day to submit entries using the online form
  • December 17: Winners are notified, and winning entries are posted here

Who can participate?

The Writing Contest is open to teens 12-19 years old who live within, attend school, or are homeschooled in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Woodland School District.

Rules on entries

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

Prizes

Best in Show: $200 Visa Gift Card

Age Group Winners: $100 Powell’s Gift Card

Runners-Up: $25 Powell’s Gift Card

FVRLibraries 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 the FVRLibraries webpage and in a collected volume to be distributed as an eBook through FVRLibraries’ OverDrive service.

Our thanks to all who entered the 2021 Imagined Ink Fall Writing Contest, and congratulations to last year’s winners! Make sure to check out the Imagined Ink 2021: Fall Teen Writing Contest compilation eBook featuring our winners, runners-up, and more than 30 other finalists from the 2021 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)

Runners-Up