Teen Poetry Contest: Judges and Prizes

March 5, 2012

Still working on your poems? If you haven’t finished polishing your entry for the Teen Poetry Contest, don’t worry! There’s still time! You can still review the guidelines and submit your entries here.

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

If you have finished, then you may be interested to know that your poem will soon be judged by a real-life YA author. That’s right, Melissa Walker will be one of the judges tasked with reading all the submissions and choosing a winner. If you’ve submitted your poem already, why not pick up one of Melissa’s books to read while you wait? You can place a hold on them through our online catalog. You can also learn more about Melissa at her website, or follow her on Twitter!

Haven’t even started your poem? Maybe you just need a little motivation. How about some fabulous prizes? The winner of our Teen Poetry Contest will receive a $50 gift card from Empire Eats Restaurants. Love great pasta? Authentic Lebanese? Smokey BBQ? Steaming coffee? Five great restaurants means five great choices!

So get writing! Find your inspiration (and find it quick) because you’ve only got until March 15 to enter. Good luck!


Contest: Short Essay

December 18, 2010

Winning $100 for a hundred word essay sounds pretty awesome to me!   Respond to the question: “How does technology make the world a better place?” Check out the contest and rules on www.tweentribune.com

Teen Tech Week Word Search

February 15, 2010

Teen Tech Week 2010, sponsored by YALSA, is coming up soon!  This is the week that librarians celebrate teen use of technology.  To celebrate, Wake County Libraries are offering teens a chance to win an iTunes gift card worth $15.  Each library branch will choose one winner from all correct entries.  There will also be one grand prize of Skullcandy Hesh headphones, value of $49.95.  To enter, you simply visit your local Wake County library and fill out our Teen Tech Week Text Message Word Search.  Find all the text message abbreviations.  Prizes generously donated by Friends of the Wake County Public Libraries.  Contest runs from February 15-March 7, 2010.  Winners will be announced during Teen Tech Week, March 7-13, 2010.  To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit the YALSA website.

Writer Alert!

October 7, 2009

smallsplatTeen author Beth Kephart is the Author-in-Residence on readergirlz.com, so she is doing some cool writing exercises for teen authors. Click here to check out her writing exercise (and contest!). It’s great inspiration!

logoNational Novel Writing Month is coming soon…write 50,000 word novel to celebrate and express your creativity! Quantity, not quality is the goal. Here’s  a little more:

“It is a fun, seat-of-your-pants novel writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but our Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.”

Fantasy Road Trip Contest

May 28, 2009

Listening Library is sponsoring the Fantasy Road Trip Contest! Create videos based on an imaginary road trip with characters from one of three great fantasy series by Libba Bray, Tamora Pierce, and Rick Riordan! (Note: this is not a Wake County sponsored contest)

#1. Have fun and be creative!

The more you use your imagination, the better—songs, animation, sock puppets, whatever inspires you!

#2. Take on the challenge.

For your video to be eligible, you must find a way to include these things:

  • a reference to Florida
  • a reference to audiobooks
  • a clip of dialogue from the audio you’ve chosen (we’ve made these clips for you, you can download them below to use in your video)

Try to stump us—find an inventive way to use these elements in your entries (it doesn’t have to be a literal translation). The contest video has them too, did you find them?

#3. Post your entry on YouTube.

The contest will open for entries on June 1st. Please check back here for details on how to post your video so that it will be considered. Videos submitted incorrectly or before 6/1/2009 will not be considered.

#4. The fine print…

Ok, everyone, here’s the 411: to enter you must be between the ages of 13-18 and a legal resident of the United States. The contest will open for entries June 1-August 17, 2009.. Winners will be selected and notified by August 31, 2009 by YouTube message. One winner will be chosen for each author category (the participating authors will choose the winning video for their category) and will receive: 1 8GB iPod touch and a collection of audiobooks signed by the author. Videos less than 30 seconds or greater than 5 minutes in length or containing profanity or inappropriate content will be disqualified.

WINNERS: Authors will judge the videos, each picking a winner (for a total of three), who will receive an 8GB iPod Touch and a collection of signed audiobooks.

DATES: The contest will be open from June 1-August 17

Got Published!

May 12, 2009


Two teens from Zebulon got published in Teen Ink! Check out a copy at your library. If you can’t find it, ask a librarian or visit the website!

You can comment on articles and also vote for your favorites. See what Teen Ink RAW is all about too. 

They need your submissions too!

Everyone can submit art, essays, reviews of tv shows, movies, music and books, poetry, college reviews! Include your name, birth year, address, phone #, school name, email and English teacher’s name. If it’s art – write the info on the back.  Pretty cool! Wouldn’t that look great when you apply to college? You can submit it online at www.teenink.com/submissions or by emailing editor@teenink.com

Win a copy of Scott Westerfield’s New Book!

October 28, 2008

Scott Westerfeld, has a new book out this month called Bogus to Bubbly, and everyone is trying to get their hands on a copy! Enter to win a free copy of the book along with an Uglies T-shirt! Email your name and address to us at PulseIT@simonandschuster.com, with BOGUS in the subject header. (Rules about contest)

Read a little more about the book on its website: http://www.feelingbubbly.com/

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