write on


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 Nic Stone. Past authors have included Julie Murphy, Jason Reynolds, A. S. King, Barry Lyga, John Green, and more.

Who can participate?

Cool Compositions and writing workshop are open to students in grades 7-12 with an Indian Prairie Public Library card or who attend a school within the Indian Prairie Public Library district.

All community members are invited to attend the author visit.

Why should you participate?

To have fun! To create! To dare! To dream! To win fantastic prizes!

Cool Compositions

First, second, and third place winners in each category will be announced November 7, 2018 at An Evening with Nic Stone. Thank you to all of our 2018 participants. Submissions for Cool Compositions will open again Fall of 2019.

Writing Workshop Here We Are: Tell Your Story!

Monday, September 17, 6-7:30 p.m. at Hinsdale South High School (7401 Clarendon Hills Rd., Darien, IL)

Author and editor Kelly Jensen will share tips to encourage teen writers to think outside the box in their writing. Teens will have time to write and learn about places to publish their work.

An Evening with Nic Stone

Wednesday, November 7, 7-8:30 p.m at Indian Prairie Public Library

Join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone as she talks about writing, the life of an author, and her inspiration. Books will be available for purchase. Cool Compositions prizes will be awarded. Register online

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions open Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m.
  • Original short stories and fanfiction must be 2,000-6,000 words. Poetry and 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 (.docx) file.

How can I find out more?

Stop by the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk or contact Heidi Estrada at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630/887-0718

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