Hello! We have an exciting new opportunity for high school students (ages 14-18) in Kenton County, Boone County, Campbell County, and Hamilton County to participate in.

The NKY Teen Writing Contest Kick-Off took place on November 6th 2018 and will last through January 11th 2019. The writing contest will consist of a 10-20 page short story or essay set in the NKY/Greater Cincinnati area. The 3 judges of this contest will be local authors Mike Due, Darryl Jouett, and Angel Musk.

The prizes available for this contest will be a $500 first place prize, $300 second place prize, and $200 third place prize supplied by sponsor Arlinghaus Heating and Air. Stories will also be selected to be a part of an anthology that will be published and held with a book signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers for all included authors. In addition, the City of Erlanger will  recognize the winners.


  • 10-20 pages double spaced
  • 10-12 pt. Times New Roman/Arial font
  • Title Page with author’s name included
  • Story/essay must be set in NKY/Greater Cincy area
  • Permission slip must be included with finished work if not turned in beforehand to LeAnn at the Erlanger branch library

Here is the video that was taken from the Kick-Off event at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library where Mike and Darryl (2 of the judges) talk about various rules and guidelines to keep in mind while writing your essay (no gratuitous violence/language, minimal spelling and punctuation errors, etc.):


Here is a video from a young author, Sydney Sparks who wrote and completed her first book in high school, and is a part of the group who created the contest:


Here are the Flyer and Permission Slip with information about the contest:

NKY Writing Contest Permission Form




DEADLINE: All entries must be turned in to the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library IN PAPER FORM by 9 PM January 11th 2019.



LeAnn Long is the Teen Services Librarian at the Erlanger branch of KCPL. If you would like more information or have questions for LeAnn, feel free to email her at leann.long@kentonlibrary.org. Happy writing!

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