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Writes of Spring promotional logoThe annual Writes of Spring Writing Contest involves K–12 Grade students residing in Lafayette Parish or the surrounding parishes of Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion. These students submit original pieces of short fiction, personal narrative, or poetry in English, French, Spanish, or Mandarin.

The results are in! For a complete list of winners, click the link to our 2022 Writes of Spring Writing Contest press release. Congratulations to all of our winners! Once the anthology is printed, winners will be contacted to pick up their copy as well as an official certificate.

Deadline Friday, March 18, 2022
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  • Students may submit their own original unpublished work (in English, French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish) in only one of the following genres: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)
  • Personal Narrative (K-6 graders: max 750 words; 7-12 graders: max 1500 words)

Students in grades K-6 are encouraged to enter the contest using the online form below. Alternatively, they may submit a paper entry form and a paper copy of their writing entry. These need to be turned in by the deadline of March 18, 2022 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. 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 anna.braud@lafayettepubliclibrary.org 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.
  • Submission should be renamed to add grade, genre, and title before uploading it. For example: 2ndgrade, Fiction, My Life So Far, or 8thgrade, 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. All winners will receive a certificate and an anthology of winning entries.
  • The K-6th grade and 7th-12th grade Awards Ceremonies will also be held in May.

Any files that are uploaded will be shared outside of the organization they belong to.
The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form.

Form Link: http://tinyurl.com/writes2022

LPSS Form: http://tinyurl.com/lpsswrites2022

Official Submission Form, click here.