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2023 Teen Writing Contest

The Enoch Pratt Free Library invites high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 to participate in a writing contest.


Write an essay or poem about a time you experienced kindness and the impact it had on you. Submissions must be 1,000 words or less. The essay or poem must be an original work of the teen.


  • First place: $300 gift card
  • Second place: $100 gift card
  • Third place: $50 gift card
  • Honorable mentions: $10 gift card

To enter:

Submit your entry using the online form or by dropping a printed copy off at any Pratt Library location. Please be sure to include your full name, address, email address and phone number. The last day to submit your entry is Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

Winners will be notified on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The teens whose essays or poems are selected as the top 10 will be invited to read their works at a public reception on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Central Library (400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201).

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

All Pratt Locations

Event Type

After-School Activities, Arts @ the Pratt, Writing @ the Pratt

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Compass Category

Just For Teens

Event Publisher

Jake Ciarapica, Manager of Young Adult Services

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