40 East Simmons Street, Galesburg, Illinois 61401 (309) 343-6118
All submissions must be the original and creative work of the person submitting them.
Each contestant may submit up to two short stories, two poems, and two graphic stories.
No information identifying the
entrant can be included on any pages except the cover page. The cover page
should include the contestantís name, street address, email address if
available, and phone number if available. The cover page should also specify
the contestantís level
(adult, high school, middle school, or 3rd-5th grade).
Short stories must be typed in 12 point type and can be no longer than 8 pages double-spaced.
Entries should not be submitted in special binders.
Poems and stories submitted electronically may be published in a local newspaper or online. Submission indicates your permission for the entry to be published. No short stories or poems will be returned. Graphic stories can be picked up after the reception on April 27.
Graphic stories (original stories told with pictures as
well as text) can be submitted in the short story category. They can be
jointly created by two people and submitted as one entry. They should be
submitted on one 11 x 17 page of poster board/card stock, not as a booklet.
(High quality 11 x 17 color copies may also be submitted). There is no maximum
or minimum number of panels.
Materials may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, dropped off in person at the library, or mailed to Writing Contest, Galesburg Public Library, 40 E Simmons St., Galesburg, IL 61401. Electronic submissions are preferred. Contest winners only will be notified in the middle of April. A list of winners will be available at the library.
A reception for winners, entrants, friends, family, and the community will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 2:00 pm at the library. Refreshments will be served and the winners will have the opportunity to read their entries. Everyone is welcome.
Flyers containing this information can be picked up at the library.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Galesburg Public Library, the Big Write is part of the Big Read 2013. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read selection for the Galesburg community in 2013 is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.