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June 30, 2022

Teen Writing Challenge: Fantasy

By Erin Weir

Teen Writing Challenge: FantasyThe theme for HEPL’s next Teen Writing Challenge is fantasy! Think spells and fairies and dragons galore!

Aspiring teen writers can submit an original, fantasy themed short story for HEPL’s 3rd Teen Writing Challenge! Let wonder and magic inspire your work!

WHO: Students in grades 6-12 living in Fishers or Noblesville (and/or Delaware, Fall Creek, Noblesville, or Wayne township)
WHEN: Entries are due Wednesday, August 31, 2022 by 8:00pm
WHAT: An original short story
THEME: Fantasy
WINNERS: 1st, 2nd, 3rd receive gift cards of $50, $30, $25, respectively (winners can choose gift cards from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, or Starbucks)


  • Entries must be in the form of a short story
  • Submissions must be original works and not plagiarized
  • Entries must be 3,000 words or less
  • Only one entry per person
  • Entries must be submitted by 8:00pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2022
  • Entries must be typed and submitted via email to Erin Weir, weire@hamiltoneastpl.org
  • Content should be appropriate for general teen audience
  • Entries must include the author’s NAME, GRADE, SCHOOL, EMAIL, PHONE #, and ADDRESS



  • Judges for the contest will be a mixed panel of HEPL staff (adults) and Teen Advisory Board members (teens) who do not have entries in the contest
  • Submissions will be judged anonymously with only the author’s grade level visible to judges (grade level/age of author will be considered when judging)
  • Judges will be looking at the following criteria:
    • 3,000 words or less
    • Story is reflective of Fantasy theme
    • Appropriateness for general teen audience
    • Organization and flow of the work
    • Overall entertainment and readability


Winners will be announced Friday, September 30, 2022. Winning authors will be asked to return a signed permission form allowing HEPL to post their awesome work on our website.

Just remember, you can’t win if you don’t participate, so what do you have to lose?! We can’t wait to read your stories! Good luck!

If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email me: weire@hamiltoneastpl.org.