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Congratulations to all of the 12th annual writing contest winners! 

8-10 Fiction
   
 
1st
Claire Good
Missoula
 
2nd
Morgan Smith
Missoula
 
3rd
Brenna Straub
Lolo
       
8-10 Non-fiction
   
 
1st
Andrin Reimers
Missoula
 
2nd
Claire Good
Missoula
 
3rd
Benny Reed
Missoula
       
8-10 Poetry
   
 
1st
Keira Kujawa
Missoula
 
2nd
Morgan Smith
Missoula
       
11-14 Fiction
   
 
1st
Arthur Boote
Missoula
 
2nd
Faith Vyn You
Missoula
 
3rd
Tess Allison
Missoula
       
11-14 Non-fiction
   
 
1st
Sydney Yung
Missoula
 
2nd
Faith Vyn You
Missoula
 
3rd
Will Hansen
Missoula
       
11-14 Poetry
   
 
1st
Finley H.S. Chatlain
Missoula
 
2nd
Amy Boote
Missoula
 
3rd
Zachary Baldwin
Missoula
       
15-18 Fiction
   
 
1st
Katie Smith
Huson
 
2nd
Chelsea DeMyer
Missoula
 
3rd
Sam Smith
Huson
       
15-18 Non-fiction
   
 
1st
Abbey Rhoderick
Missoula
       
15-18 Poetry
   
 
1st
Sam Smith
Huson
 
2nd
Olivia Dzomba
Missoula
 
3rd
Chelsea Demyer
Missoula
       
19+ Fiction
   
 
1st
Stephanie Uhlenbruck
Missoula
 
2nd
David Batchelder
Seeley Lake
 
3rd
Brian Doyle
Missoula
       
19+ Non-fiction
   
 
1st
Susie Menegat
Missoula
 
2nd
Brian Payne
Missoula
 
3rd
Shannon Knotts
Missoula
       
19+ Poetry
   
 
1st
Jason Theroux
Missoula
 
2nd
Susie Menegat
Missoula
 
3rd
David Francis Curran
Missoula

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enter the contest with a pen name, pseudonym, or as an “anonymous” author?

No, you may not. We need to know your real name in order for the County to make a prize check for you if you win. Also, we require your real name to avoid duplicate entries.

May an entry have more than one author?

Yes, two or more people may be the author, but a prize check will be awarded to only one person. You have to split it yourselves.

If I have posted my story on a blog, may I still enter it in the contest?

No, you may not. Writing posted on a blog, web site, social networking site or literary journal is considered “previously published.”

Do you have a sample of how an entry should look?

Yes, we bind copies of all the qualifying entries. Bound volumes available for checkout are located at 808.02 MISSOUL. Non-circulating copies are located in the Montana Room at MTR R 808.2 MISSOUL.

What happens after I submit my entry?

After we determine the qualifying entries, the judges will do their part. They have one month to do so. Next we will tally the scores, determine the winners, and call them with the good news! Then we will honor ALL contestants and award the prizes at a reception in early May.

When will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified in early April. We will call to ask for your social security number so the County can make a prize check for you. We will keep your social security number confidential.

When will the winners be announced?

We will announce the winners at the awards reception. After that, their names will appear on the library’s various social networking sites and its webpage as well as in local newspapers.

How many people entered the contest this year?

This will be announced at the awards reception. After that, it will appear on the library’s various social networking sites and its webpage as well as in local newspapers.

How many entries were there in the (age group/category)?

We’re sorry; we do not share that information.

How are the entries scored?

They are scored based on points for certain elements, such as grammar, creativity, development of the theme, etc.

Who are the judges?

We’re sorry; we do not reveal who the judges are. Judging is anonymous – they do not know your name either. But trust us…the judges are well qualified.

What did the judges say about my story?

The judges do not offer criticism or a critique of your writing. The score is based on points.

Why are contestants disqualified?

Disqualification occurs due to a failure to follow contest rules, not because of the writing or the subject matter.

Will disqualified contestants be notified?

No, we do not notify disqualified contestants.