CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST for Van. Island students grades 8-12.

Themes: Teen Issues (ie: relationships, sexuality, gender identity, sports,
stress, passions, courage, love, hope, etc)

Creative fiction submissions in any genre including poetry. No entry fee. (No non-fiction)

Cash Prizes sponsored by VIRL (total $650)

  • Fiction- Grades 11-12:
    1st: $100 2nd: $50 3rd: $25
  • Fiction- Grades 8-10:
    1st: $100 2nd: $50 3rd: $25
  • Poetry- Grades 8-10:
    1st: $100 2nd: $50
  • Poetry- Grades 11-12:
    1st: $100 2nd: $50
  • Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020
    (Winners announced May 31)


For submission guidelines & details:

Finalists will be published in book anthology In Our Own Teen Voice 2020, to be released in print, fall 2020, and available to purchase from Vancouver Island Regional Library. Selected authors will be invited to publicly read at book launches at VIRL branches.

Artwork submissions- We are also accepting submissions of illustrations & photography for publication. Details:

Sponsored by: Vancouver Island Regional Library in partnership with Rebel Mountain Express.