Creative teens could be in the money

Short stories, poems and comics sought for Surrey Public Library's youth writing contest.

Teens, let your imagination loose with stories, poems or comics.

This summer, be creative, have some fun and win cash prizes. Enter a short story, poem, or comic in Surrey Libraries’ 25th Young Adult Writing Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded per category and age group. The contest is open to ages 12 to 18 years.

Entries must be in by Aug. 7.

Short stories must be no longer than 1,500 words, and without illustrations. Poems must be no longer than 36 lines, and without illustrations. Comics must be done in black and white, and between four and seven pages long.

Entry rules and forms are available from any of the Surrey Libraries or on the web at surreylibraries.ca/4944.aspx. There is a $3 fee per entry.

For more information, contact Gayle at 604-598-7431 or gjharris@surrey.ca.

To improve your writing and chances of winning, sign up for this free workshops at Surrey Public Libraries:

• How to Win a Writing Contest – July 19, 2-4 p.m. at City Centre Library.

Every word counts in any piece of writing you enter in a contest or submit to an editor, and the best words are driven by a compelling idea. Join best-selling local author Lois Peterson to explore seven strategies that improve your chances of taking home the prize and seeing your prose and poetry in print.

Optional: Bring along your works in progress, notes and ideas to this interactive workshop which is open to young writers. Register at 604-598-7427 or trhockin@surrey.ca

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