Adult Writing Contest

Our first ever Adult Writing Contest is now open for submissions! The theme is “Writing Your Memoir”. Everyone has a story to tell- what’s yours? We welcome you to submit your entry to one or both of our contests.

Here are the contest rules:

  • Give your memoir a title.
  • Entry must be your original work
  • The first contest will have a word count between 300 (minimum) and 1,000 (maximum) words.
  • The second contest will have a word count of six words only.
  • Tell us your story; share life lessons learned, a funny anecdote, or reminisce about a momentous event from your past.
  • Maximum of one entry per author. You may submit an entry to one or both
  • Entries are due by midnight, Sunday, December 11th, 2022.
  • The preferred method for story submission will be via the Google form below.
  • Entries will also be accepted in paper form, but your entry must be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font on 8.5″x 11″ paper. If you submit your entry on paper, you must include on the back of the last page: your first and last name, phone number, email, and word count. Paper entries that do not follow the above guidelines will be disqualified from the contest.

Our contest judges will use a rubric that scores points based on:

  • Length: Is the entry between the minimum and maximum word count?
  • Content: Is the writing indicative of a memoir? Does it convey the author’s firsthand account of an event?
  • Character(s): Is/are the character(s) clearly described?
  • Writing: Does the word choice convey a clear picture?
  • Grammar: How is the spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.?
  • Creativity!: Surprising? Imaginative? Compelling?

$ Cash prizes to be awarded $

First ($100) and Second ($80) place cash prizes awarded for submissions to each contest. Prizes are funded by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library.

Contest winners and any honorable mentions will be announced in January 2023, both on our website, and individually to the winners. Winning stories, along with author’s name, will be published here on the Library’s website! We can’t wait to read your submission!