Young Writers

The California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch presents its

Young Writers Contest

for 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Contra Costa County

Honoring a new generation of California writers

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Our 2015 contest opens December 1, 2014.  Submissions will be accepted from December 1, 2014 through March 30, 2015 at this URL:

Information below is from our 2014 contest, but will give you a sense of what to expect.

  1. Information about upcoming workshops, plus poetry prompts for teachers,
  2. A flyer about the contest and its prizes to read and share with classes, classmates, and friends, and
  3. An application form.

Young Writers Workshop: An Interactive Writing Morning for Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Students

Led by children’s authors Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff

Want to be an author?  Discover how YOU can write the best short story or personal narrative by using character and plot.  Funny, scary, suspenseful, amazing or quirky!

Have questions about the publishing world? Contests? Books? Writing groups? Ask two published authors.  You’ll play writing games and meet other writers your age.

Bring pen and paper and get ready to WRITE!

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Walnut Creek Public Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-977-3340 (Library tel. no.)
  • Visit the authors at  and

Bonus:  Poetry Prompts for teachers use in class to help students with writing projects (click “Poetry Prompts“)

Flyer:  youngwriterscontest2014

Application and Guidelines:  Guidelines 2014 (pdf format) Guidelines 2014 (doc format).  Note the deadline:  March 27, 2014.

Good luck, everyone.  Happy writing.