Winter Writing Contest

Unleash your creativity and take part in our writing contest!

Submissions due January 31, 2023. Details below.

Age Groups:

  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • High School
  • Adults


  • First, second, and third prize will be awarded in each age group
    • First Prize: $50 in Chamber Bucks
    • Second Prize: $15 in Chamber Bucks
    • Third Prize: $10 in Chamber Bucks


  • Participants must live in or attend school in Freeborn County or have a non-resident Albert Lea Public Library card
  • Stories must be works of fiction based on the theme “A little magic can go a long way” 
  • Length – no longer than two pages, single-spaced
  • Cover Letter – entries should contain a cover letter with the title of your story, your name, age group and contact information (phone number and/or email address)
  • Do not put your name on any pages of the story to help with anonymous judging
  • One submission per person
  • All short stories must be original works to the author and be unpublished
  • Story content should be appropriate for a wide audience
  • Winning submissions will be posted on the Albert Lea Public Library’s website with permission for the public to read


  • Submit entries by email to as a PDF or Word Document
  • You can also drop submissions off at the library
  • Entries accepted starting December 19 and must be received by midnight on Tuesday, January 31