Imagined Ink

Imagined Ink 2019 Fall writing contest for grades 6-12. Winning entries will be published on the library's website and featured in a published book!

Thanks for your entry and stay tuned

The submission period for this year’s Imagined Ink Teen Writing Contest has ended. Entries will be read by a panel of judges. Prizes will soon be awarded to winners in two age groups (6-8th grade and 9-12th grade) in three categories (short story, poem, and comic).

Important Dates

  • November 1: First day to submit entries using the online form
  • December 1: Last day to submit entries
  • December 13: Winners are notified, and winning entries are posted here

Who can participate?

The writing contest is open to youth in grades 6-12 who live within, attend school, or are home schooled in Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Woodland School District.

Rules on entries

  • Must be 1,000 words or fewer
  • Must be original work by contestant
  • May be any genre, topic, or format
  • Comic entries must be submitted using this template. Limit of six pages per comic.
  • Must be in English or Spanish
  • Only one entry per person


Winners and runners up in each age group and category will receive a published collection of the top pieces. One Best in Show winner will receive the published collection AND a $100 Amazon gift card.

FVRL staff may edit entries for spelling and punctuation. Worldwide copyright on each entry remains with the author. Your entry in this contest grants permission to publish your story on FVRLibraries' web page and in a collected volume to be distributed to FVRLibraries and winning participants.

Our thanks to all who entered the 2018 Imagined Ink Fall Writing Contest, and congratulations to the winners! Be sure to read the winning entries below.

2018 winners

Best in show

phenomena by Brenna Koester

High school division

Short stories

First place:
"The End"—Starring: Humans by Michelle Lee, grade 10
Armageddon by Josie DeBord, grade 9
Sacrifice to the Storm by Erin Van Natta, grade 10


First place:
Ο αιχμάλωτος τραγουδά στη χλωμή αυγή: The captive sings in the pale dawn by Stella Webster, grade 10
Adolescence by Hannah McBride, grade 9
Roots by Chloe Peterson, grade 10

Middle school division

Short stories

First place:
Thunderclouds by Elliot Holden, grade 8
The Perfect Day by Anwyn Foreman, grade 8
Orlando by I-An Lu, grade 6


First place:
phenomena by Brenna Koester, grade 8
Satan's Dinner by Naomi Axelrod, grade 6
Dance by Evelyn Lo, grade 7


Honorable mention:
Dragon Born by Sophie Giacchino, grade 6


Honorable mention:
A Kind, Unrelenting Spirit by Nicole Evans, grade 7