Are you a writer or artist? This is your chance to share your best work and see it in print!

The submission rules listed below are also available as a printable download in English or Spanish.

All submissions that meet the entry requirements will be published on Gail Borden Public Library’s website, with selected entries published in a special print booklet.

You can submit work anytime during the year. Submit your entry by October 15 for inclusion in the winter edition; by January 15 for the spring edition; by April 15 for the summer edition; and by July 15 for the fall edition. 

Written entries can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Artwork can be photography, digital art, mixed media, hand-drawn – basically, anything goes, as long as you meet the requirements below!

Entry requirements:

  • You must be in grades 6-12.
  • The work you are submitting must be created by you and you alone.
  • Your entry may not contain graphic language or violence. (If your entry were a movie, it should be rated G, PG, or PG-13.)
  • If you are submitting a piece of writing, it should be 1500 words or less. (If you have a longer work, you might want to submit your favorite chapter or other excerpt from it.)
  • By submitting your entry, you are giving Gail Borden Public Library permission to publish it online and in print. We will publish your work exactly as you submit it, so be sure to double-check your spelling and grammar.
  • One entry per person per submission period.

How to submit your writing (two options):

  • E-mail your writing as a Word document to zone@gailborden.info. In the e-mail, include your full name, phone number, grade, school, and the title of the work.

OR (if you have no access to e-mail)

  • Submit a LEGIBLE copy to a staff member at the Rakow Branch, Youth Center, or Studio 270. The copy should include a cover page with your full name, phone number, grade, school, and the title of the work. We will not be able to return entries, so don’t give us your only copy!

How to submit your artwork:

  • Save a copy of your art as a JPG or PNG file.

(Need help making a digital copy of your drawing or collage? The Computer Center in the Main Library has a scanner that you can use to scan and send your art for free. Just ask a staff member for assistance!)

  • E-mail the file to zone@gailborden.info. In the e-mail, include your full name, phone number, grade, school, and the title of the work. We would also like to know what media you used to create the art – examples might be colored pencils, watercolor paints, or digital software.

Want more chances to see your creations in print?

Here is a list of publications looking for submissions from teens.