Frequently asked questions
What should I write about? Is there a theme?
We don’t have a theme! This is your chance to get creative. In the past we’ve received stories that were inspired by real life, fantasy, mystery, adventure, even horror.
Do you have a word limit? Why?
Stories must be 2,500 words or less. We receive a lot of submissions. We want to make sure everyone gets a fair chance. We don’t want external factors such as font size to influence our judgment. We also want to make sure there is enough time for us to read all submissions.
Do I have to be a Loudoun County resident, or own a Loudoun County Library card to take part in the contest?
No. As long as you are in middle or high school (or the homeschool equivalent), and follow our submission guidelines, you are welcome to participate.
Who judges the submissions?
Teen services librarians read all of the submissions and select their top five choices for middle school and high school.
Where and when is the awards ceremony?
The 2020 awards party will be held on YouTube on Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. to adhere with social distancing standards. Stay tuned for details about how to watch the prerecorded ceremony!
Who can come to the award ceremony?
Everyone! Contest participants, friends and family, fans of teen-created literature, teachers, clowns, people wearing green shirts — all are welcome!