Holiday Short Story Writing Contest

Holiday Short Story Writing Contest Guidelines and Submission Form - Ended December 31, 2020

Congratulations to all of our winners! 

Branch Winners:


Ages 7-11

1st Place: Dylan Steinmann

2nd Place: Maximilienne Williams

Ages 12-17

1st Place: Katie Lynn Begley

2nd Place: Lilly Baenisch

3rd Place: Constantin Williams


1st Place: Shelby Sage

2nd Place: James Pope

Climax Springs:

Ages 7-11

1st Place: Bridget Graviett

2nd Place: Rory Graviett

Macks Creek:

Ages 12-17

1st Place: Trinity Husong

2nd Place: Brionna Boggs

3rd Place: Komora Merchant

Sunrise Beach

Ages 7-11

1st Place: Laura McCune

2nd Place: Colt Mason

3rd Place: Zoe McCune

District Winners:

1st Place: Shelby Sage

2nd Place: Trinity Husong

3rd Place: Laura McCune

The Camden County Library District is holding a short story writing contest for ages 6 – adult. Below we list the guidelines for participating in our short story contest.

Short Story Writing Contest Guidelines:

  • Theme: Favorite holiday
  • Entries must be:
    • Single spaced
    • Typed using 12-point font
    • No longer than two (2) pages
    • The title must be at the top of the page.
    • DO NOT your name on your submission.
  • Ages 6 – Adult are eligible to enter.
  • While the CCLD doesn’t want to limit our patrons’ creativity, please be aware that your stories should be family-friendly. Submissions must not have inappropriate language, violence, or abuse, no stereotyping based on age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or mental/physical disabilities.
  • DO NOT put your name on your entry. Please fill out the Short Story Submission form and attach it to your story. This will allow your entry to be judged equally with other entries.
  • Turn your submission into your favorite branch.
  • Entries will be judged in the following age groups:
    • Ages 6-11
    • Ages 12-17
    • Ages 18-Adult
  • Each branch will vote for their top three favorites in each age group.
  • Winners at the branch level will then move on to the district level.
  • The winners at the district level will be chosen by staff and other patrons.
  • Instruction for voting at the district level will be announced soon.
  • Prizes will be awarded at both the branch and district levels.

The last day to submit your short story writing is Thursday, December 31, 2020.W