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Writers & Poets Contest 2022

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The contest includes five age divisions:

Children Grades 2-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. 

· Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, MD or have a valid Washington County Free Library card.

· Writers may enter up to two poems & one short story. Poems may be up to one page in length. Short stories must be no longer than 1000 words. All entries must be original work and may be on any topic.

· All entries must include author name, age division, address, phone number, and email (if available).

· No email submissions accepted. Keep a copy of your work as originals will not be returned.

· There will be first, second, and third place winners for each division. Winners will be announced at

Entries may be submitted between January 1 and March 15, 2022 to any library branch throughout the county or they may be mailed to: 

Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest
Attn: Jeff Ridgeway
Washington County Free Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

 Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2022.


Call Mr. Jeff at 301-739-3250 x 255 for more information.