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Young Writers Contest

Flex your writing muscles and show off your imagination! The Young Writers Contest is open to writers between the ages of 8 to 17 in two age divisions: 

  • Child: Ages 8-12
  • Youth: Ages 13-17

Submit a story of 500 words or less. Only one entry per person. The prompt will not be included in the 500 word count, but must be included in the story. First place winning entries in both divisions will be awarded $100 by the Friends of the Buda Library and published in the Hays Free Press.

This year’s prompts: 

  • 8-12 Age Group: The astronaut looked out the window of his space ship to see…
  • 13-17 Age Group: Gazing up at the moon one cold and dark evening, I thought to myself….

Write a story relating to the prompt—be creative! Entries will be judged based on the quality of the writing, originality and subject matter. Finalists will be judged by local writers, teachers and librarians.

Entry Deadline: Stories must be received before the Buda Library closes on Thursday, July 2, 2019. No email submission will be accepted.

Winner Announcements: All prize winners will be announced on the Friends of the Buda Library and Buda Public Library websites. Winners will be notified individually.

Awards: The Friends of the Buda Library will award $100 for the first place stories, $50 for the second place, and $25 for the third place in both divisions. The first place stories will be published on the Hays Free Press website and the Friends of the Buda Library website.

Awards Presentation: All entrants are invited to the Library’s Summer Reading Program celebration on Saturday, August 3. Certificates and awards will be presented. 

Entry Guidelines 

  • Stories may be submitted in Division A: Children (ages 8 - 12) or Division B: Youth (ages 13 - 17)
  • Stories must be 500 words or less.
  • Stories must include a cover page with the following information: Author’s name, Story Title, Parent(s) name(s), Phone number, Postal address, Email, Division (Children or Youth), Age as of June 1, 2019, and Word Count
  • Each story page should include title and page number only. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript except cover page. Please do not put any identifying information on story pages.
  • Stories must be original and unpublished. The story must be written by one person. Co-authored stories are not accepted.
  • All entries must be submitted to a librarian at the Buda Library. No email submissions accepted.

Questions: Call the Buda Library at 512-295-5899 or email us.

The Young Writers Contest is conducted by the Friends of the Buda Library in partnership with the Buda Library and Hays Free Press.


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