Imagined Ink

Imagined Ink 2019 Fall writing contest for grades 6-12. Winning entries will be published on the library's website and featured in a published book!

We're looking for your submissions!

Are you a tween or teen in grades 6-12 in the FVRL district? Submit your entry for this year’s Imagined Ink Teen Writing Contest, running from November 1 to December 1, 2019!

Entries will be read by a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to winners in two age groups (6-8th grade and 9-12th grade) in three categories (short story, poem, and comic).

Important Dates

  • November 1: First day to submit entries using the online form
  • December 1: Last day to submit entries
  • December 13: Winners are notified, and winning entries are posted here

Who can participate?

The writing contest is open to youth in grades 6-12 who live within, attend school, or are home schooled in Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Woodland School District.

Rules on entries

  • Must be 1,000 words or fewer
  • Must be original work by contestant
  • May be any genre, topic, or format
  • Comic entries must be submitted using this template. Limit of six pages per comic.
  • Must be in English or Spanish
  • Only one entry per person

Prize

Winners and runners up in each age group and category will receive a published collection of the top pieces. One Best in Show winner will receive the published collection AND a $100 Amazon gift card.

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' web page and in a collected volume to be distributed to FVRLibraries and winning participants.

Our thanks to all who entered the 2018 Imagined Ink Fall Writing Contest, and congratulations to the winners! Be sure to read the winning entries below.

2018 winners

Best in show

phenomena by Brenna Koester

High school division

Short stories

First place:
"The End"—Starring: Humans by Michelle Lee, grade 10
Runner-up:
Armageddon by Josie DeBord, grade 9
Runner-up:
Sacrifice to the Storm by Erin Van Natta, grade 10

Poetry

First place:
Ο αιχμάλωτος τραγουδά στη χλωμή αυγή: The captive sings in the pale dawn by Stella Webster, grade 10
Runner-up:
Adolescence by Hannah McBride, grade 9
Runner-up:
Roots by Chloe Peterson, grade 10

Middle school division

Short stories

First place:
Thunderclouds by Elliot Holden, grade 8
Runner-up:
The Perfect Day by Anwyn Foreman, grade 8
Runner-up:
Orlando by I-An Lu, grade 6

Poetry

First place:
phenomena by Brenna Koester, grade 8
Runner-up:
Satan's Dinner by Naomi Axelrod, grade 6
Runner-up:
Dance by Evelyn Lo, grade 7

Comic

Honorable mention:
Dragon Born by Sophie Giacchino, grade 6

Essay

Honorable mention:
A Kind, Unrelenting Spirit by Nicole Evans, grade 7