Writing Events for Children and Young People

Summer Writing Contests

Youth writing contests for Junior members of the Siloam Springs Writers Guild are held the first fifteen days in May, June, July and August. Entries will be judged by the end of the month, and prizes awarded the following month during a guild meeting. Writing about the theme may be in either prose or poetry. 

Contest Age Categories: 6-9; 10-13; 14-17

Prizes: $5.00, $4.00, $3.00

2023 Themes for Contests:

May: When I Grow Up… 

June: My Favorite Vacation

July: When I’m with my Friends, I… 

August: My Hero  – Entry due by August 15, , and awarded at the September 11 writers guild meeting.

Eligibility for entering the Youth Writing Contests:

Entrants must be Junior members of the Siloam Springs Writers Guild. Annual membership is $15.00. If interested email sswgsisp@gmail.com or attend a guild meeting, see home page.

Contest Rules:

You may write prose or poetry. (Prose simply means writing that is not poetry.)
Please use Times New Roman font.
Prose may be up to 750 words, and double-spaced.
Poetry should be single-spaced.
Do not put your name on any page of your contest entry.
Include a cover page with the following information:
             Your title 
             The first two lines of your entry
             Your name
             Email address

How to Enter the Contest:

Attach your entry in one email document by midnight of the 15th day of the contest month.

Send entries to the Guild email: sswgsisp@gmail.com with the subject line: Youth Contest.

The youth membership fee of $15.00 for one year (four contests) should be mailed to SSWG 14708 Oak Crest Dr., Siloam Springs AR 72761.

Attendance of participants at a guild meeting during their award month is expected. Guild meetings are the second Monday of the month at 5:30 at First Baptist Church, Siloam. Awards would be awarded during the business meeting (which follows the evening’s program).

For questions, contact Jane, 479-599-9416.