All Pikes Peak Writes: Middle and High School Challenge

Pikes Peak Library District is excited to announce the call for submissions for All Pikes Peak Writes! All Pikes Peak Writes is PPLD’s annual fiction writing contest for ages 12+, and seeks to highlight writers in our community through one contest.

Submissions will be accepted Sat., May 15 through 9 p.m. on Thu., July 15. Learn more about eligibility, judging, and awards here.

The Challenge

Write a story, up to 2,500 words, set in Colorado Springs to mark the city’s 150th birthday in 2021. Stories can be set in the past, present, or future.


  • Must be ages 12 to 18.
  • Must be an El Paso County resident.
  • Word count must not exceed 2,500 words. Word count will be established by using Microsoft Word. Points will be automatically deducted from the total score of the piece if the word count exceeds 2,500 words.
  • Pieces must include title page with title and author’s name. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the document.
  • Pieces must be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman or Calibri font with the title and page number in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Must fill out the form and submit your story below by Thu., July 15 at 9 p.m. The file format should be PDF, .doc, or.docx. If you need to convert a file, please visit a Library location.
  • Failure to follow the guidelines will result in disqualification.


  • When will I know if I have won?
    • We will notify participants in early August if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony to be held in mid to late August. More details to follow.
  • Are you publishing the anthology again?
    • Yes! We will be publishing the top 3 stories in all categories (Middle School, High School, 19 - 24, and 25+).
  • Will I get feedback for my work?
    • Yes! You will receive a copy of the judges’ comments after the awards ceremony.
  • Do I have to turn in my story online?
    • Yes. To better facilitate the process, we are requiring all stories be turned in digitally. You can stop by any PPLD location to use one of our computers for this purpose.