Henderson Libraries hosts Teen Writing Contest

Submissions for students in grades six through 12 accepted through Feb. 28

HENDERSON, Nev. – Students in grades six through 12 can test their writing skills and stretch their creative muscles with the Henderson Libraries’ Teen Writing Contest, which is accepting submissions through Friday, Feb. 28.

Original and previously unpublished works consisting of poetry, one-act plays, short stories or essays up to 2,000 words are eligible for submission. No school assignments will be accepted.  Selected entries will be chosen by a panel of Henderson Libraries librarians and will be collected and published as a digital literary magazine, which will become a part of the libraries’ digital collections.

Those interested in contest rules, or submitting an entry, can visit the “Teens” section of Henderson Libraries’ website at www.mypubliclibrary.com. No more than three submissions per writer will be accepted. Teens do not have to live in Henderson to take part.

Writers will be notified by Monday, March 31, if their piece has been selected for publication. A writers’ reception and unveiling of the literary magazine will be held in April to honor those selected.

“This event is always so enjoyable because we get to witness the writing talents and creativity of Henderson’s youth,” said Gayle Hornaday, interim executive director for Henderson Libraries. “This is also a chance for kids to unleash their imaginations outside the classroom and showcase their love of storytelling, poetry and the written word in general.”

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates four locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

For additional information on Henderson Libraries, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6581.