It's All Write: Short Story Contest for Teens

It's All Write: Short Story Contest for Teens

Thanks for participating

We are excited to share the results of Loudoun County Public Library's annual Write On short story contest! The winners of LCPL's annual short-story contest for middle- and high-school students were announced during an awards ceremony Saturday, May 28, hosted by author Christina June.

It's All Write is sponsored by the James Horton for the Arts Trust Fund and the Loudoun Library Foundation.

Download the 2022 It's All Write anthology.


High School Winners

First Place
College, Cruelty, and Other Things That Eat People, by Hanaan Kazia

Second Place
Unmarriageable, by Miriam Gale

Third Place
Plumbism, by Salonee Verma 

Runners Up
Baby Birds and Black Dresses, by Maggie Chang
Coffee, Kardashians, and Teenage Demons, by Teah Sargent

Middle School Winners

First Place
Strangeday, by Norah McCormick

Second Place
That Cafe Charm, by Sofia Lupas

Third Place
Beats of Silence, by Joelle Dykstra

The Butter Knife, by Ariana Blake
In-Between-Place, by Lily Peterson


Please follow directions carefully. Incorrect submissions may be disqualified. Questions? Email

Submission requirements

  • Submission deadline: March 1
  • Format requirements: Microsoft Word-readable document or PDF
  • Length: 2,500 words or less
  • Spacing: Double
  • Margins: 1-inch
  • Font: Arial, 12 point
  • Document name:
    Your school level (MIDDLE or HIGH) followed by the story title
    Example: HIGH The End of the Road.doc
    DO NOT include your name in the file name.

Title page format

  • Title of story
  • Middle or High School

The End of the Road
High School

Last page format

  • Title
  • Middle or High School
  • Name
  • Grade, School Name
  • City, State
  • Phone Number(s)
  • Email
  • Word Count

The End of the Road
High School
Jane Doe
Grade 11, East Loudoun High School
Ashling, VA 
222-222-2222 (home)
333-333-3333 (cell)
Word Count: 2,403


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 hold a Loudoun County Library card to take part in the contest?

You do not need to be a Loudoun County Public Library card-holder to enter. You must live in either Loudoun or in the cities Falls Church, Alexandria, Winchester or the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William, Clarke or Frederick counties in Virginia; Jefferson County, West Virginia; or Montgomery, Washington, Prince George's, Frederick or Charles counties in Maryland to enter.

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 results of the contest will be announced during an awards ceremony Saturday, May 28, at 4 p.m. hosted by author Christina June.