Contest Rules

Power of the Pen Creative Writing Contest logoPower of the Pen Contest Rules:

  • Entrants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and be a resident of Hamilton or a neighbouring city. 
  • Do not put your name anywhere on your work. Your name must be on the entry form only. 
  • A maximum of one (1) poem and or one (1) short story per person may be submitted. If submitting both, each entry must have a separate entry form. 
  • Short stories cannot exceed 2,500 words in length. Poems may be any length.
  • Entries must be typed or neatly printed, double-spaced and all pages numbered. Paper copies are required for mailed and hand-delivered submissions, but NOT for online submissions.
  • Typed entries must be double-spaced, with font Arial or Times New Roman, size 11 or 12 points.
  • All works submitted must be original. If based on another work (i.e. fanfiction), the work of inspiration must be clearly named.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Judged submissions will be available for pick-up the evening of the awards ceremony or during the month of January at Central Library.
  • All entries will be scanned to ensure originality. Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Hamilton Public Library is not responsible for lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete or late entries.
  • Hamilton Public Library reserves the right to substitute the contest prizes with alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

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