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2022 OWL Youth Writing Contest

For grades 7-12

1st Place $50 - 2nd Place $25 - 3rd Place $15





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– Categories –

• Fictional short story: Any genre. Any topic. Limit 2,000 words.
Sponsor: Larry Wood

• Non-fiction short story: Favorite holiday memory. Limit 2,000 words.
Sponsor: Russell Gayer

• Poetry: Any form. 26-line limit.
Sponsor: Veda Boyd Jones

– Contest Rules –

• You must be in grades 7-12 at the time you submit your entry. There is no entry fee.

• Mail TWO copies of EACH entry in a large flat envelope postmarked by November 15, 2022 to:
Cindy McIntyre, Contest Chair
PO Box 356
Richland, MO 65556

• Only one entry per category. All entries must be UNPUBLISHED and the original work of the writer. (If your entry has appeared in a blog, website, or other electronic outlet, it IS considered published and cannot be entered.)

• Entries may be typed or hand-written. Use double-space for short stories and single-space for poetry. Use black ink on 8 ½" x 11" white paper. DO NOT put your name on any part of the entry. Staple multiple pages together.

• Attach a 3"x 5" index card with a paperclip to the top copy of each category entry with the number and name of the category, title of your entry, and your name, address, phone, email, current grade, and school attending or home-schooled.

Winners will be announced in February 2023. Good luck to all who enter!