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What is Write-On?

Write-On is a series of writing events for teens. Every fall the library hosts:

  • A writing contest for fanfiction, poetry/song lyrics, and short stories
  • A writing workshop
  • A young adult author visit. This year we welcome Julie Murphy. Past authors have included Jason Reynolds, A. S. King, Barry Lyga, John Green, and more.

Who can participate?

  • All teens in grades 7-12 are eligible to enter the writing contest and attend the workshop. 
  • All community members are invited to attend the author visit.

When is it?


How do I sign-up?

  • Download one or more of the writing contest entry forms below or submit your entries online.
  • Register for The Action Plot writing workshop. Space is limited.
  • Julie Murphy's visit on Thursday, Nov. 8 is free and open to the public.

Submission Guidlines

  • Open to students in 7th-12th grade with an Indian Prairie Public Library card or that attend a school within the Indian Prairie Public Library district.
  • Original short stories and fanfiction must be 2,000-6,000 words. Poetry/song lyrics may be any length. All words must be your own.
  • Entrants may enter up to 3 submissions in each category.
  • Entries must be typed, double spaced, and in a 12 point font. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation will count.
  • Please submit online entries as a Word (.doc) file.

Submit your entry (Submissions open Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.)

Online Entry Form

Download Short Story Entry Form

Download Poetry/Song Lyrics Entry Form

Download Fanfiction Entry Form


How can I find out more?

Contact Heidi Estrada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 630/887-8760 x260

Write-On is sponsored by The Gift of Carl Foundation.