Author: MandyTheLibrarian

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 10

SummerStories

This is the last writing prompt of the contest! In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 9

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.

Summer Stories – Week 7 Winner

Congratulations to Jikai Z., grade 12, at Tuckahoe Area Library! Jikai’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Jikai will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 7 Prompt:
It’s your character’s first day at a new school. He or she wants to get a fresh start, develop a new identity. But in his or her homeroom, your character encounters someone he or she knows from summer camp.

Jikai’s Winning Story:
“It wasn’t one of those things you wish never, ever happened,” Alyssa said.

“What do you mean? I would totally want to be in your shoes. A first kiss? At summer camp? Sign me up!” Jamie disagreed.

“Come on, it was one of the grossest experiences of my life!” Alyssa retorted.

Out of the corner of her eye, she sees a boy, and not any boy- the boy. The boy she kissed was here at Staunton High with her and she still didn’t know his name. She was sure he told her at one point, but she forgot and it was all strange to her that he was in her school, in the flesh, sporting a very unattractive hairdo.

“Is that him?” Jamie asks Alyssa, whose shocked expression confirmed yes.

“What am I going to do? He’s here? And his hair cut?” Alyssa fake vomited and she grabbed Jamie’s hand and took her to the nearest girls’ restroom.

Once they were in the bathroom, Jamie came up with a definitive plan, “This is what you’re going to do. He probably forgot all about you and won’t bring it up. Then, you will accidently forget everything too and you will not talk to him, because if he sees you and he remembers, literally, the whole school will make you guys an item. In the chance that he does remember, you ask him his name and carry on. Keep calm and carry on. I repeat, keep calm and carry on.”

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 8

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.

Summer Stories – Week 6 Winner

Congratulations to Katie N., grade 9, at Glen Allen Library! Katie’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Katie will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 6 Prompt:
A campfire, a scream, and a small lie that gets bigger and bigger.

Katie’s Winning Story:
ʺDid you hear that?ʺ Jessica said suddenly looking up with wide eyes. ʺI swear something moved.ʺ

The ten of us were gathered around the fire roasting marshmallows.

“Are you sure? I don’t see anything.” Elaine said looking at her suspiciously.

“Of course.” Jessica said, annoyed. “Some monster is out there.”

The other campers looked at each other uneasily. I gave Jessica a questioning look. I hadn’t seen or heard anything. She winked at me. I hate it when she lies like this. But not everyone was fooled. The two boys sitting next to me were still looking at her with disbelief. One of them glanced at Elaine then stood up.

“I’m going to check it out.” David said, his voice determined.

Two minutes after he left a scream pierced the air. My eyes shot towards Jessica’s. She looked back at me, bewildered and alarmed. She didn’t know the source of the scream either.

“The monster probably ate him!” Jessica said. However apparently she wasn’t afraid to take advantage of it.

“Do you think it really was the thing you heard?” Elaine said, frightened. “Someone call a counselor!”

“Wait!” Jessica said nervously. “I mean we don’t really need to get a counselor right? I mean I was just kidding.”

Elaine narrowed her eyes. “You mean to say you were lying?” Jessica squirmed in her seat.

“Fine! I lied.” She admitted. Elaine smirked. David came out of the trees.

“Got ya!” David said laughing. The night ended with laughter all around.

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 7

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.

Summer Stories – Week 5 Winner

Congratulations to Vikram S., grade 8, at Tuckahoe Area Library! Vikram’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Howard will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 5 Prompt:
There is an ancient creature living under the school.

Vikram’s Winning Story:
The ground erupted! Dirty, dusty pieces of the floor flew everywhere.

“Run for your lives,” a boy yelled as the monstrosity emerged from the hole. It had the head of a boar with enormous fangs and the body of a man, it was the Rakshasa.

Most of the class was shocked at what they were seeing; but then Rakshasa let out a howling screech that snapped them out of there trance. Children began to run everywhere, but one boy named Jim remained calm. He thought to himself I can do this, I can escape this, all I have to is hide until this ancient creature goes away, so he hid under a desk, but that wasn’t enough. Rakshasa could smell his fear from a mile away.

So as Rakshasa went on the prowl, Jim was saying a silent prayer, “Please,” he mumbled, “If anyone can hear me, please help.”

As soon as the words left his mouth, Jim’s teacher, Mrs. Wright, kicked the door open.

Mrs. Wright looked terrified, but she still managed to stutter, “I don’t care what you are, but I won’t let you harm any of my students.”

Rakshasa turned toward her slowly and began to make his way to her, and just before he could strike, the school bell rang. It was too high-pitched for the Rakshasa and it flew back into the dark pit from which it came. Saved by the bell yet again!

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 6

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.

Summer Stories – Week 4 Winner

Congratulations to Howard T., grade 12, at Twin Hickory Area Library! Howard’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Howard will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 4 Prompt:
Twin brothers inhabit one human body and one wolf body. Neither brother can be human all the time, and neither of them wants to be a wolf forever, until…

Howard’s Winning Story:
Breath billowing in the frigid breeze, I grasped at the wool draping from my scraggly nape. A thin lunar grin bestowed welcome light upon a blanketed wooden cabin, where inside a kindled flame’s soft glow boasted a silhouetted figure standing in the doorway.

He called out to me, “I’ve finished with dinner. Time for switching.”

Routinely, I retraced my way back from the high precipice where the view offered me so much solace. I knew my brother, Romulus, would only do the same after (reluctantly) inhabiting this body – to gaze upon the merchant’s village brilliantly shrouded in the fog of subliming mountains.

Once in the cabin, the mirror shard we had found and hung on the wall unwittingly revealed familiar jaunty eyes inset on a majestic yet forlorn face.

“Remus, your hand.”

We were sensitive to our own humanity. In the human body, we could communicate our trade and converse with the lass we had mutual affection for. Alas, our curse allows not for that perpetuity. Our paw and hand met, and for an instant, our minds melded. It was a practiced and necessary compromise in our lives throughout all lingering memory, all to each gain human tactility for half a day.

I opened my eyes and started. “What…?”

“I dunno,” he replied in shock, “I reckon we’re liberated… But that cannot be!”

“Yes, it can,” someone whispered. We slowly turned to find the gossamery Arina from the neighboring village perched on the doorstep. “Because I will love you both.”

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 5

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.