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Young Writer’s Contests

Calling writers from Pre-school through 8th grade!  Enter your best writing in Newfane Public Library’s Young Writers’ Contests!

The two contests, the Young Writer’s Poetry Contest and Young Writer’s Short Story Contest, are now run on alternating years. Held March through April, contestants submit their poem/short story, with the required entry form attached. Education students at Niagara County Community College review and assess the works, based on a rubric, for initial evaluation. A small committee reviews the pieces with the highest scores to select the winners. Contact the library for complete contest rules.

All writings are showcased at the library for a few weeks, so stop by to read Newfane’s young and talented authors! Every participant receives a certificate, and winners receive a small prize. A celebration is held at the library the last Thursday in April/first Thursday in May at 6:30 pm, usually including a guest author and/or activity. Winners read their works as the highlight of the celebration. Refreshments are served.

Short Story Contest Winners

2015 contest winners


 2018 Young Writer’s Poetry Contest

Our Young Writer’s Poetry Contest runs March 5th – April 13th for children in the Newfane School District in Kindergarten – 8th Grade. All poems MUST be submitted to the library by 5pm on Friday, April 13th. Click on the following links for Contest Rules and Entry Forms.


  1. Original Creations: All poems must be original creations of the student.
  2. Contestants: Contest is open to all students pre-K through 8th grade. Those who need assistance writing (ex. Pre-writers) are permitted to dictate their poems to an adult to write for them.  The poem must be the child’s own words.
  3. Length and Form: Poems should generally not exceed one page, 2 pages maximum. More than one poem may be submitted by an individual, however ONE POEM PER PAGE please!


Teachers:    Please include a Master List of Poetry Conventions for the poetry forms your students are submitting, to ensure accurate judging. For example:

Haiku: about nature; 5/7/5

Limerick: funny; rhythmic pattern with AABBA rhyme

Free Verse: poetic language without set rules

Individuals: Please write on the back of the Entry Form the type of poem you are submitting and the rules to its form. See above for example.


  1. Entry Forms, Legibility, Heading & Illustrations:

For tracking purposes, each story MUST have an Entry Form stabled to the top of the first page. Poems should be neat and easy to read. Typing is not required.

All poems MUST include a Heading on the top of the first page of the poem:


Illustrations are welcomed, but they cannot be judged and will have no impact on the scoring of a poem



  1. Awards: All participants will receive a certificate and have their poem displayed at Newfane Public Library for others to read! Winners will receive a small prize and are expected to attend the Poetry Café Celebration on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30pm to read their poem as part of the celebration.
  2. Entries Due: All entries need to be in to Newfane Public Library by Friday, April 13th.
  3. Collecting Your Poem: You may pick up your poem and certificate at the library one week after the Poetry Café Celebration. Poems will be retained up until Memorial Day weekend. Due to volume, they may be discarded afterwards.



2 responses to Young Writer’s Contests

  1. When is your next short story contest?

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