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Lafayette Public Library accepting student submissions for creative writing contest

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 11:55:28-05

The Lafayette Public Library accepting submissions for their 2020 Writes of Spring writing contest.

This annual competition was developed to foster creative writing among Acadiana youth.

Students in grades K-12 from Lafayette, St. Landry, Acadia, St. Martin, Vermilion, and Iberia parishes can submit their own original unpublished work for consideration in the contest.

Submitted works can be written in English, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish and must cover the following genres:

  • Poetry - 1-3 poems, 100 lines total
  • Fiction - K-6 graders: max. 750 words; 7-12 graders: max. 1,500 words
  • Nonfiction - K-6 graders: max. 750 words; 7-12 graders: max. 1,500 words

The Public Library says that only one entry per student will be accepted. Submissions should be double-spaced with 12-point font.

Students can enter the writing contest using the online entry/submission form at

Paper (non-digital) submissions will be accepted from students in grades K - 6 only. Those submissions can be dropped off at any Lafayette Public Library branch.

All other eligible students (7 - 12 grade) are required to submit their entry electronically using the online form, ( The Google Docs form requires the use of a Gmail account).

All entries are due by Friday, March 20, 2020.

The Library says that first, second and third place winners will be notified in April before the ceremonies.

  • K-6th grade Awards Ceremony: Saturday, May 2 starting at 9:00 AM.
  • 7th - 12th grade Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, April 28 starting at 6:30 PM.

Following the High School Ceremony, Author Ashley Elston will speak. The reception is open to the public.

More details about the 2020 Writes of Spring writing contest can be found at