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Teen Video Challenge-closed

Deadline: March 10, 2014

Create a video promoting the Summer Reading Program at the public library for 2014 and you could win $275! Create a short Public Service Announcement (PSA), using the theme “Spark a Reaction.” You could be the Louisiana Teen Video Winner in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) “Spark a Reaction” Teen Video Challenge 2014. Teens all across America will see your video.

Who can enter?

• Any Louisiana state teen, aged 13 -18.
• Create the video on your own or work with other teens as a team.

How to Enter

1. Get the Entry Form  Here. Read all instructions provided on the entry form and read the Rules.
2. Create a 30 – 90 second video that encourages teens to read and use libraries this summer. Include your interpretation of the 2014 CSLP teen slogan “Spark a Reaction.”
3. Explore the “Resource for video creation” page for additional ideas and information.
4. Entitle your video: “2014 TVC- State Abbreviation-Unique Name.” Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name (example: 2014 TVC-TX- Kyrpton123).
5. Upload your video to You Tube
6. Fill out your Entry Form and Model Release form(s) completely.
7. Submit the forms. Refer to your Entry Form for the address and deadline for your State.

For the complete list of rules for the CSLP video challenge along with entry forms and model release forms, go to cslpreads.org and click on “Spark a Reaction” Teen Video Challenge 2014.

2013 Winners

Press Release for 2012 winners

Press Release for 2011 winners


Writes of Spring Writing Contest 2014-closed

Deadline: March 2014

The Writes of Spring Writing Contest will accept submissions during the month of March from 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 work in only one of the following categories:  Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, or Drama/Screenplay.  Entries are accepted in English and French during the Month of March, with the deadline March 31, 2014.

Genre Guidelines:

  • Poetry: Students may submit a maximum of 3 poems, 100 lines total.
  •  Fiction: K-6 graders may submit a maximum of 750 words and for 7-12 graders the limit is 1500 words.
  •  Nonfiction: K-6 graders may submit a maximum of 750 words and for   7-12 graders the limit is 1500 words.
  • Drama: Open to high school students only with a limit of 1500 words.

During March entries will be accepted using the online submission form at tinyurl.com/WoS2014

 Letters About Literature

Contest Closed
Deadline: December 10,2013    Deadline for Level 3: grades 9 – 12
 January 10 Deadline for Level 1: grades 4-6, & Level 2: grades 7 & 8

Take the Letters About Literature writing challenge! Students in grades 4th-10th are invited to write a personal letter to an author you admire, an author of a book (fiction or nonfiction) that inspired you. Your letter must be personal but persuasive, explaining just how the author’s work changed your view of yourself or your world.

Letters About Literature Entry Form

Links to additional contests:

Louisiana Writes! Louisiana Writing Contest. Entries will be accepted in English and French for Poetry, Fiction or Nonfiction categories.

VOYA Magazine has a poetry contest, a cover photo contest, and other opportunities for teens to be published.

Teen Ink Magazine hosts contests in a variety of categories including poetry,  fiction, and nonfiction.