Thursday, September 30, 2010

Writing Contest for TEENS!

Every year, in honor of Teen Read Week (this year it's October 17-23), Burbank Public Library's Young Adult Services department sponsors a contest during the month of October. As a nod to the mystery theme of Burbank Reads, we are holding a mystery-writing contest! Teens in grades 6-12 may write a mystery story of two to five pages, set in Burbank, and turn it in any time between October 1st and October 31st at any Burbank library reference desk--or they may attach their stories to an email sent to (Yes, that is an underscore _ between "mystify" and "me.")

A committee of librarians will read the story and select three winners, to be announced on November 12. In addition to receiving prizes, the winners will be invited to read their stories aloud for our Flip camera, and videos of their readings will be posted on the library blog. We encourage all teens to mastermind a murder mystery, figure out whodunnit, and tell us all about it!

(If you get halfway through October and are having a hard time cranking out your entry, you might check out the library's free writer's workshop, called The Anatomy of a Short Story: Solve the Mystery of Short Story Writing with Gayle Bartos-Pool. It's on Tuesday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m., at the Buena Vista branch. Gayle Bartos-Pool has been a private detective, a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, and a writer of mystery stories. Go to to learn more about her.)

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