2019 OCPL Writer's contest; submissions open Jan. 4th- Feb. 15th. Sponsored by the Adult Writers' Group.

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of this year's contest, and thank you to everyone who participated!

To download a booklet of the winning entries, click here.

Adult Category

Winner: Erica J. Scott "Bless this Mess" Creative Non-fiction

Runners up:

Travis S. McClain Untitled Flash Fiction

Rod Smothers "Into the Fire" Flash Fiction


Teen Category (12-17 years)

Winner: Remington A.R. Moslemi "A Not So Brief Answer to the Big Question of 2069"

Runners up:

Isha Chauhan

Meredith Kovarovic


Pre-Teen Category (9-12 years)

Winner: Jackson LeVeck

Runners up:

Elisabeth Farmer

Maximus Springer


Children's Category (5-8 years)

Winner: Tatum Nelson

Runners Up:

Korah LeVeck

Landon LeVeck

2019 Winter Writing Contest

The Oldham County Public Library’s Adult Writers’ Group is soliciting entries for the 3rd annual OCPL Writing Contest. Writers of all ages and experience are invited to submit entries online between January 4th—February 15th, 2019. Submissions will be judged according to category, by members of the Adult Writers’ Group. Winners will be announced in early March and winning selections will be published online. Winners will receive a gift card to the bookstore of their choice.

Adult category

Adult Category (ages 18+): Self Improvement
Choose an epigraph from the supplied list and write on the topic of "Self Improvement". Submissions may be poetry, flash fiction, or creative non-fiction. All entries should be limited to 500 words. You may submit up to 3 entries.

An epigraph is a short quotation at the beginning of a story that alludes to the intended theme of the work. Choose one of the following to inform your submission:

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” -Aldous Huxley

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen

“Small projects need much more help than great.” - Dante Alighieri


Online submissions only. To submit entries, click here.


Youth Category

Youth Category (ages 5-17): You in Fifty Years
Write a personal essay or flash fiction story (500 word  limit) about how you imagine your life will be in fifty years.  Writers must have approval from guardians for both submission and publishing. Judging will be broken down into further age categories (5-8 years; 9-12 years; and 13-17 years), but should reflect the same prompt.


What is flash fiction?
Flash fiction is a very short story, usually only a few hundred words at most, that still offers character development and plot. Flash fiction should have a beginning, middle, and end.


Online submissions only. To submit entries, click here.