Updated for 2016/2017!
Got some creative teens at your house?
The kind who can spin a tall tale about their missing homework and why they need a new phone?
Get them to put those creative talents to good use by entering the Pierce County Library System’s annual contest for teen artists and writers. The contest begins January 20, so winter break would be a great time for kids to work on their pieces, or if your one of our teacher readers, feel free to use this during those awkward back from break/stuck in the end of first semester weeks. I feel your pain!
Here are the rules and more scoop you need straight from our friends with the PCL system. Did I mention there are cash prizes? That will get even my teen’s attention!
Create, publish and win cash prizes in teen writing and art contest
- Pierce County Library System invites teenagers throughout Pierce County to show their creative talents in Our Own Expressions Teen Writing & Art Contest. The annual contest runs Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, 2017.
- Teenagers in grades 7-12 who live in or attend school in Pierce County may enter the contest, individually or as a team, in one or all four categories: poetry, short story, photography and drawing. Participation in the contest is free.
- Entry forms will be available starting Jan. 16 at any Pierce County Library or at www.piercecountylibrary.org, search site: OOX.
- Judges will review writing entries on the basis of originality, style, general presentation, grammar, spelling, and evidence of skill appropriate for the writer’s age. They will review art entries on the basis of composition, evidence of skill commensurate with the age of the artist, creativity, and effective use of media.
- The library system will publish all the winning contest entries and distribute them throughout Pierce County libraries and to the winning students’ schools. Pierce County Library Foundation will award cash prizes in three age groups: grades 7/8, grades 9/10 and grades 11/12; and in the four categories.
- Contest winners will have their work featured in an awards ceremony at Pacific Lutheran University on May 31.
- Last year, students representing 80 Pierce County schools submitted 940 poems, short stories, drawings and photographs.
- The News Tribune, Pacific Lutheran University and Print NW help fund the contest.
Learn more about teen services at www.piercecountylibrary.org
Disclosure: We are super proud to have a sponsor relationship with the award winning Pierce County Library system, and we hope you mention Sounds Fun Mom to our friends at the PCL whenever you have a chance! Thanks so much!