Patten Free Library is inviting submissions beginning Sept. 16 for its annual teen writing contest, Write On! Any student in grades seven through 12 residing in the library service area or attending schools in Regional School Unit 1 may participate and may submit up to two pieces of original work in the categories of short fiction and memoir. 

This is the seventh year the library has offered the competition according to Patten’s outreach and instruction librarian, Roberta Jordan. 

“We are really pleased by the steady increase in participation and in the quality of the entries,” Jordan said. “It’s such a great opportunity for local students to gain recognition for their talents, because the competition is only open to local students.” 

First and second prizes will be named in two categories (short fiction and memoir) and two age groups (grades 7 to 9 and grades 10-12).  First prize winners will earn a $100 gift certificate, and second prizes winners will win $50 gift certificates.  Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 6; all entries will be judged by a panel of library staff, trustees, local educators, and teen library council members.  

Winners will be announced before Christmas, and there is a recognition ceremony in January.  Winning writers will have the opportunity to read their work for an edition of a Library podcast.   Submission guidelines can be obtained through the library website or by contacting Jordan at the library (443-5141, ext. 25, or [email protected]). 

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