Anoka County Library calls for teens to ‘Write On’

Teens in Anoka County have a chance to show off their skills in Anoka County Library’s second annual “Write On!” short story writing contest.

Teens may submit a short story online beginning April 1, through April 30. Three prize-winning stories will be selected in three categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12. The nine winning authors will receive a gift certificate and their stories will be posted on the Anoka County Library website. Find submission guidelines at

“Seventy-six teens participated in our first year and we hope to increase that number in 2017,” said Anoka County Library Board President Dan Greensweig. “For last year’s winning teens, this was an example of how libraries transform lives by providing youth a chance to show their peers, and the larger community, their talent.”

Winning stories will be selected by a panel of judges and will be announced at an event at the Northtown Library on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. The Northtown Library is located at 711 County Rd 10 NE in Blaine. Winning entries will be online starting June 1 to help kick off the Library’s 2017 Summer Library Experience program.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to showcase their writing talent and I encourage all teens to submit a sample of their work,” said Anoka County Commissioner Mike Gamache, who serves as the county’s Library Board liaison.

The “Write On!” contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Anoka County Library.

For more information, visit any Anoka County Library or the library website at