Imagined Ink

...is an annual writing contest for youth in grades 6-12 in the FVRL district. Entries are read by a panel of judges, and prizes are awarded to winners in two age groups: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Winners will be announced at the Awards Celebration & Author Visit featuring Malinda Lo in Vancouver on Saturday, October 21. The winning stories are published here and may be edited for spelling and grammar.

Important Dates

  • September 1: First day to submit stories using the online form
  • October 1: Last day to submit stories
  • October 21: Awards Ceremony & Author Visit in Vancouver at 2 pm
  • October 23: Award-winning stories appear here, on the website

Who can participate?

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

Rules on entries

  • Must be 1,000 words or less
  • Must be original work by contestant
  • May be any genre, topic or format
  • Must be in English
  • Only one entry per person
  • Must be submitted via the online form.

Congratulations to our 2016 winners!

High School Division

Best Poem:
Let Me Introduce Myself by Annie Rose
First Place:
Time Hiccup by Aaron Blanshan
Second Place:
Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night by Mari Evans
Third Place:
The Witch of Snakes by Taylor Huston-Allen
Honorable Mention:
Ace Allred, Kaitlin Boyle, Skylar Catania, Brie Crooks, Marissa Darling, Jessica Eavenson, Hailey Grotte, Janessa Long, Mercedes Mehr, Megan Michael, Paige Peerenboom, Brandan Sharp, and Rebecca Strizver

Middle School Division

First Place:
The Hall by Tracy Mullinax
Second Place:
Infection by Erin Van Natta
Third Place:
Mystic War by Ella Hoheisel
Honorable Mention:
Yanni Belousov, Mimi Burchell, Rylee Fehr, Shekinah Ford, Susan Hong, Jazmin Rosebrook, and Dianna Suverly