PPL Writing Contest


PPL Writing Contest

November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022

Calling all poets and authors ages 14 and above: submit your work to us by November 30, 2022 for your chance to win!

Send us your best poem and/or short story to be reviewed by a panel of judges and you might earn yourself a feature on the Pickering Public Library’s website as well as some fun, mystery prizes.

There is no theme— send us anything that you are proud of that you would like the opportunity to share with your community. We look forward to reading your work!

Submission Guidelines


  • You may submit only ONE (1) poem for consideration.
  • Please do not submit anything longer than 100 lines.


  • You may submit ONE (1) prose piece for consideration.
  • Please do not submit anything longer than five (5) pages.
  • Prose can be fiction or creative non-fiction. Please Note that we cannot accept journalistic pieces.

You may submit one piece in each category (one poem and one short story). Please submit your work as a word document (.doc or .docx) in a legible font (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri etc.).

Please include a brief biography (100 words maximum) along with your submission; feel free to include any information you’d like to be shared!

By submitting to the Pickering Public Library’s Writing Contest, you consent to have your work temporarily featured on our website and featured on our social media sites. All writers retain the rights to their work, accepted or otherwise.

We will not accept any work that in any way inflicts harm upon marginalized groups. Do not submit work that is racist, homophobic, misogynistic, ableist, ageist, or transphobic, it will be rejected immediately.

Submission Form

* indicates a required field
  • Name * Required
  • Age: * Required
  • Submission Category: * Required
    Please select the category you are submitting to (if submitting to both, please fill in a separate form for each category to help us keep track of your submissions):
  • Tell us a bit about yourself in 100 words or less! Note that this information will be shared on our website and social media sites if your work is accepted.
  • Please attach your submission as a word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF. Ensure that you used a legible font (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri etc.)
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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