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Writes of Spring Writing Contest

Students in grades K–12 can submit original pieces of short fiction, nonfiction, drama (high school only), or poetry in English or French. 7th–12th graders must submit entries via the Writes of Spring online form  ((LPSS students use LPSS online form).

Submission Guidelines

-The contest is open to students in grades K-12 who reside in Lafayette Parish or in the surrounding parishes: St. Landry, Acadia, St. Martin, Vermilion, and Iberia.

-Students may submit their own original unpublished work (in English or in French) in only one of the following genres:
-Poetry (1-3 poems, 100 lines total)
-Fiction (K-6 graders: max 750 words; 7-12 graders: max 1500 words)
-Non-fiction (K-6 graders: max 750 words; 7-12 graders: max 1500 words)
-Drama/Screenplay genre (high school only; max 1500 words)

-Students in grades K-6 are encouraged to enter the contest using the online form (LPSS students use LPSS online form). Alternatively, they may also submit a paper entry form and a paper copy of their writing entry. These need to be turned in by the deadline of Thursday, March 29, 2019 to any branch of the Lafayette Public Library System.

-All other eligible students (7-12 grade) are required to submit their entries electronically using the online form (LPSS students use LPSS online form). This is a Google Docs form, which requires the use of a Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account or Google Docs login, or having difficulties with the form please email for assistance.

-Submissions should be double-spaced with 12-point font.

-Personal information must be removed from submitted work including student’s name, teacher’s name and school’s name.

-Submissions should be renamed to add grade, genre, and title before uploading it. For example: 2nd grade, Fiction, My Life So Far, or 8th grade, Poetry, Cars, Cupcakes, and Curls.

-One entry per person will be accepted. A poetry entry may include 1-3 poems, all submitted as one document.

-First, second and third place winners will be notified in late April before the award ceremonies in May.  The K-8th grade Awards Ceremony date will be  Saturday, May 11th in the morning. The High School Awards Ceremony will be Wednesday, May 1 starting at 6:30 PM. Author Jeff Zentner will give an author talk following the High School Ceremony and a short reception at 7:15 PM, this event is open to the public.

This contest is a collaboration of the Sigma Tau Delta of UL Lafayette and the Lafayette Public Library.

Online Entry Form  LPSS Students

To download a PDF version of the Writes of Spring submission form, click here.

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