Summer Scribbles Contest Fiction Rules

Rules for Summer Scribbles Writing Contest- 2019

        The Grove City Writers’ Group and the Friends of the Library are pleased to work in conjunction with the Southwest Public Libraries to offer budding young writers and poets an opportunity to show off their literary skills and compete for cash prizes in the Ninth Annual Summer Scribbles Youth Writing and Poetry Contest.

The contest begins June 1, 2019. Entry forms are available in the Youth Section of the Grove City Library and Westland Area Library. Submissions should be received at the Youth Section desk of either library by Tuesday, July 31, 2019 at 9 p.m. A parent or guardian must sign the entry form.


I –  CREATIVE WRITING:   Individuals eligible to compete include students in (incoming) grades 6 through 12 who attend public, private or home school and live in the South-Western City School District. Writers will be divided into two divisions: incoming 6/7/8th Grade in one division; High School (incoming grades 9-12) in the other division. There is no entry fee.

Writers may submit work under two categories: 1) Poetry 2) Fiction. Each writer may submit ONE (1) piece of work in each category.

  • Poetry (see Poetry rules sheet.)
  • Fiction entries are short stories with a word count of 500-800 words. Entries longer than 800 words will be disqualified. All must be typed & double-spaced. You may begin your story with the words: “What if….”

SPECIAL CATEGORIES: Open to grades 6-12 with ONE winner to be determined:

The Shawn T. Hannon Memorial Excellence in Writing Award. One entry per writer. Topic: What Patriotism Means to Me. Word limit: 800 words or less. Entries must be typed and double-spaced. $100 first prize.

Breck Prize for local history. Entries must have a history theme concentrating on any person, place or thing in Grove City or Jackson Township and be no longer than 800 words – typed & double spaced. Open to grades 6-12 with ONE winner to be determined. One entry per writer.

Cash prizes will be given to first place and second place winners for creative writing & poetry: First Place – $100; Second Place – $50.

The first place winners in each category will have their names inscribed on a plaque mounted in the Youth Section of each library.

Submissions will be anonymously judged on the basis of mechanics (grammar, spelling, and punctuation), word usage, originality of insight, and overall literary quality. No profanity allowed. To ensure anonymity, judges will see only the submissions themselves without the names of entrants (entrants’ names will be on the entry form only – do NOT put names on the actual work). A parent or guardian MUST sign the entry form in order for the writer to be eligible.

If the entries in a category are determined by the judges not to have sufficient merit, the judges may elect not to award prizes in that category. The decision of the judges is final! For further information, email: Janet at

                                                (For poetry, see next page)



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