2021 Winter Writing Contest

The New Orleans Public Library wants your short story, poem, or essay for our 2021 Winter Writing Contest. This year's theme is "Escape."

To enter the contest, submit your original work via email to Put “2021 Winter Writing Contest” in the subject line. Paste the entire entry into the body of the email along with your name, email address, phone number, and Library card number. Emails with attachments will be deleted unread. Entries will be accepted from December 4, 2020, until 5pm on January 8, 2021. Only digital submissions will be accepted this year. Interested parties without home internet access are encouraged to reserve a 45-Minute In-Library Session to submit entries.

Rules for Entry
• One entry per person.
• Winners will be selected on originality, quality, and relevance to the theme.
• Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, have an active New Orleans Public Library card, and be a resident of Orleans Parish.
• Poems can be between 100 – 300 words. All other entries must be between 500 – 1000 words.
• All writings must be the original work of the participant and not be previously published.

By participating in this contest, the winners agree to let the New Orleans Public Library use their photographs, names, and/or likenesses for promotion of the Library without further compensation. All information gathered is for the use of the New Orleans Public Library in administering the contest and will not be shared except to publicize the winners. Winners will be notified by mail or telephone. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 5, 2021. A Readers' Night event for the winners will be held on February 25, with location and time to be determined. Winning entries may be printed or posted online by the Library. The author retains all permissions and copyright to the submitted work.

Winning entries will be posted on the New Orleans Public Library website, and winners will be awarded a gift certificate for the Friends Book Sale, courtesy of the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.

1st Place – $50 gift certificate
2nd Place – $35 gift certificate
3rd Place – $25 gift certificate