Writing Contest - Newark Public Library

Writing Contest

The Newark Public Library and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center are hosting a city-wide writing contest for high school-age youth living in Newark. Enter our writing contest for a chance to win a cash prize!

If someone who had never visited Newark asked what it’s like to live here, what’s a story only you could tell?
Write that story in the form of a real memory, personal essay, or fictional short story.
Show the reader the place you call home, be it your local park, your neighborhood grocery store, or your own kitchen.

Who can enter?
The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and high-school aged youth living in Newark.

How do I enter?
The submission deadline was 5pm, December 23, 2022. Entries received after 5pm are ineligible.

Have questions?
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Fact Sheet

More information.


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Click here for the rules.

Scoring categories

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