All Pikes Peak Writes

This year, Pikes Peak Library District has combined the All Pikes Peak Writes and Teen Fiction writing contests in order to highlight writers of all ages in our community in one place. The contest will have three categories for ages 12 - 18, 19 - 24, and 25+. Links to the guidelines, rules for entry, and submission form for each category can be found below.

Submissions will be accepted May 15 through 9 p.m. on July 15.

Eligibility:
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to El Paso County residents ages 12+.

Judging:
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, plot development and resolution, believable characters, and correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Awards:
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category. An award ceremony will be held on Sat., Aug. 24 in the East Library Community Room.

Categories:
Click on age group for submission information.

Comments

Hi!
I'm not in high school, but I'm still 18. Which category should I enter?

If you are turning 19 before August 2019, please submit to the 19-24 category. If you will be 18 in August 2019, please submit to the 12-18 category.
Thanks!

The prizes will be a gift card to a local story and a second item. The store and the second item will be a surprise!

Hello Mckenna,

Thanks for your question and for your interest in All Pikes Peak Writes! In each age category prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and along with 2 honorable mentions.
Please let us know if you have any other questions and happy writing!
Thanks,
Heidi

Hi,

This sounds like fun!

I have a story that is intended to be a children's picture book. So, my title page has the title and my name but the background is cover art I created as well. Will adding the cover art disqualify me?

Also, can we submit more than one story?

Thanks for your help!

Hi Michelle,
Thank you for your question and for your interest in All Pikes Peak Writes!

Only one story may be submitted per entrant. Multiple entries will not be accepted.

The illustration on the title page will not disqualify your entry, but for the ages 25+ category, we do ask for stories that are previously unpublished. If any of the books you have authored have already been published, they will not be accepted.
Please let me know if you have any other questions and happy writing!
Thanks,
Heidi

Hi, is the word count for the 19-24 category 2,500 or 3,500 words?

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The word count for the 19-24 category is 3,500 words - as it says on the form where you upload your story. The 2,500 number on the submissions guideline document is incorrect. It will be updated soon!

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