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Writes of Spring promotional logoThe results are in! This year, the Writes of Spring received 339 student entries! Click here to view the winners of the 2024 Writes of Spring Writing Contest.

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The 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 fiction, personal narrative, or poetry in English, French, or Spanish.


Deadline Friday, March 15, 2024

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  • Students may submit their own original unpublished work (in English, French, or Spanish) in only one of the following genres:
  • Poetry (1–3 poems, 100 lines total)
  • Short 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 15, 2024 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 ben.paramore@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 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–6th grade Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 AM and 7–12 grade Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 PM.  Both ceremonies will be held at the Main Library (301 W. Congress St.) in downtown Lafayette.

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: https://tinyurl.com/LPLwrites2024

LPSS Form: https://tinyurl.com/LPSSwrites2024

Official Submission Form, click here.


• View the 2024 Writes of Spring Writing Contest promotional flyer (English PDF) by clicking here.
• To view the 2024 Writes of Spring half-sheet handouts (English & French), click here.
• To view the 2024 Writes of Spring half-sheet handouts (English & Spanish), click here.