Writes of Spring Writing Contest: Call for Submissions

January 4, 2024

Students: Tell us your story in English, French, or Spanish! The Lafayette Public Library is now accepting original submissions for the 2024 Writes of Spring writing contest. This annual competition foster’s creative writing among the youth in our local community.

The contest is open to all students in grades K-12, whether public, private, or homeschooled, who reside in Lafayette Parish or in the surrounding parishes: St. Landry, Acadia, St. Martin, Vermilion, and Iberia. Students may submit their own original unpublished work (in English, French, or Spanish) in only one of the following genres:

Poetry – 1-3 poems, 100 lines total

Short Fiction – K-6 graders: max. 750 words; 7-12 graders: max. 1,500 words

Personal Narrative – K-6 graders: max. 750 words; 7-12 graders: max. 1,500 words

*One entry per student will be accepted. Submissions should be double-spaced with 12-point font.

All students are encouraged to enter the writing contest using the online entry/submission form at<>.  Paper (non-digital) submissions will only be accepted for students in grades K – 6. The paper entry form can be found at our website or picked up at your nearest Lafayette Public Library location. Entries need to be turned in by the deadline of March 15, 2024, at any Lafayette Public Library location.

All other eligible students (7-12 grade) are required to submit their entries electronically using the online form<>. This is a Google Docs form, which requires the use of a Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account or Google Docs login, or are having difficulties with the form please email<> for assistance. All entries are due by Friday, March 15, 2024.

For complete details about the 2024 Writes of Spring writing contest and for links to the entry forms, visit<>.

Any teen planning to submit their work to the Writes of Spring Writing Contest may want to register for the Teen Writing Workshop with author Richard Goodman<>. He is an accomplished local author that has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and published multiple books. Learn writing tips, craft compelling stories, and and get feedback and guidance. The workshop will take place on Saturday, January 20, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at West Regional Library. Ages 12 – 18; to register, click here beginning January 6<>.

#   #   #


Ben Paramore, MLIS

Youth Services Manager

Lafayette Public Library

(337) 261-5771

Macaroni Kid can make it super easy for you to find your family fun all year long. Receive a local calendar of family-friendly events each Thursday evening when you SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE

You'll be glad you did ... and so will your kids!

For even more fun, find us on FacebookTwitterand Instagram