Imagined Ink

Imagined Ink 2020 Fall Writing Contest for Grades 6–12

Each year, the Imagined Ink Writing contest challenges teens in grades 6-12 to submit their very best poems, short stories, essays, and comics. Teens were asked to keep their entries to 1,000 words or fewer, but that word limit certainly didn’t limit their creativity.

With 2020 being a year unlike any other, the depth and direction of many of this years’ submissions was also noticeably different. The compelling plots, thought-provoking poems, and intriguing characters were often approached in understandingly darker ways than past years. Several of our entries also explored topics that were deeply personal to their authors including depression, self-esteem, and suicide.

Knowing this, it was with care and consideration that judges from around the library district reviewed each entry multiple times to select our top choices. We are pleased to present winners (in PDF format) for Best in Show, High School Overall, Middle School Overall, and a Special Librarian Award.

Best in Show
"Desks" by Elizabeth K. (Cascade Park Community Library)
Middle School Overall
"The Shadow of Silent Spring" by Anders D. (White Salmon Valley Community Library)
High School Overall
"2020 haibun" by Brenna K. (White Salmon Valley Community Library)
Special Librarian’s Choice
"Class Fourteen" by Perry R. (Vancouver Community Library)

In addition to these fantastic winners, we had numerous Runners-Up and Honorable Mentions.

We wish all of the entrants the very best and hope for a more encouraging 2021 to inspire next year’s writing.

About the contest

The Writing Contest was 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.

Entries were required to be 1,000 words or less (with a limit of six pages per comic), the original work of the contestant, of any genre, topic or format, in English or Spanish, with only one entry per person.

Entries may have been edited by FVRL staff for spelling and punctuation. Worldwide copyright on each entry remains with the author. Entry in this contest granted permission to publish the entry on the FVRLibraries webpage.


  • Best in Show - $250 Visa Gift Card
  • Age Group Winners - $100 Visa Gift Card