Calling All Young Writers! Enter the Library's Short Story Contest

By Berkshires Macaroni Kid June 3, 2024

Calling all young Berkshire wordsmiths! The literary excitement is about to unfold as the Pittsfield Library proudly announces the grand arrival of its 46th Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Children, open to 6-10 year olds and the 27th Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Young Adults, open to 11-18 year olds. 

Mark your calendars! The competition begins on June 1, 2024. Let the doors of imagination swing open and release that creative prowess and put pen to paper. The contest closes at 4 p.m. on August 2, 2024.

In anticipation of the contest, the Library is hosting three writing workshops for youth in June. The Children’s Writing Workshops will take place on Monday, June 3, and Monday, June 17 at 3:30 pm for youth ages 6 – 13. The workshop will offer a relaxing, supportive environment to work on short story ideas. The Writing Workshops for Teens will be led by local author and library staff member Jon Wynn on Monday, June 10 at 3:30 pm for youth ages 11 – 18, including exciting conversations and activities.

The Library accepts submissions in-person, via mail, or by email. Children’s entries can be emailed to and Young Adult entries to

For more information, email with "Short Story Contest" in the subject line, or call the Children’s Library at (413) 499-9480, ext. 5.