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Open to all full-year and part-year residents of Montana.

One entry per category per age group. Categories are fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Age groups are 8-10, 11-14, 15-18, and 19+.

Must be an original work not previously published; no pseudonyms; plagiarism results in disqualification.

Submit entries electronically by 5 PM, Friday, February 15, 2019. Author’s name must not appear anywhere on the entry or in the file name

Submission Process

Entries will be judged by professional writers, editors, educators, librarians, and booksellers.
Winners will be notified in early April; SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS will be requested at that time to process the award checks.

Awards Reception will be held on April 28, 2019 at 2 PM in Missoula Public Lirary's Large Meeting Room.
Prizes will be awarded in each category for each age group:

  • 1st Place - $100
  • 2nd Place - $50
  • 3rd Place - $25

Prizes will be given to the winner, or their authorized proxy, at the Awards Reception.
Winnters' names will be submitted to the local newspapers and published on the various Missoula Public Library social networking sites and our own webpage.

Entry Format

  • Prescribed formatting MUST BE FOLLOWED in order to qualify!
  • Fiction and non-fiction entries must be 2,000 words or fewer; poetry entries may be 1-2 pages.
  • Entry must be self-contained (i.e. not a single chapter from a longer story, an excerpt, or a story that is ‘to be continued’)
  • Use an easy to read font; do not use ALL CAPS, cursive, or BOLD fonts.
  • Entry must be typewritten and double-spaced (poems may be single-spaced); authors in 8-10 age group may handwrite their entries, but writing must still follow all other formatting requirements.
  • All margins must be one inch; illustrations are allowed but must stay within these margins.
  • The title must appear at the top of the first page. Do not include the author’s name anywhere on the entry
  • Each page must be numbered, starting with “1” in the lower right-hand corner.
  • Entry must be uploaded and submitted electronically. Handwritten entries from the 8-10 group must be scanned prior to uploading.
  • For assistance with uploading an entry, or with scanning and uploading handwritten entries in the 8-10 age group, please contact the Reference Desk.

Attention Teachers and Parents:
If you are encouraging children to submit an entry, please stress to them the importance of following the entry format and submission guidelines. To avoid disqualification, review their entries prior to submission.


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