The Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library celebrates the creativity of our Young Adult patrons every season in our Teen Writing Contests! Writers are tasked with creating an original short story following a particular theme. Winners of the contest earn publication in the Heggan Happenings Teen Edition Newsletter and a $50 Barnes and Nobles gift card!
Last Contest: Winter 2021 “Snowy Weather”
The Writing Club selected a snow theme for the winter challenge. Snowy weather needed to be an important part of the story.
Winner: “A Cup of Cocoa” by E’lon Rodwell-Simon
Current Contest: Spring 2022 “Flowers”
Currently, the Writing Club is working on a challenge with a topic/title of FLOWERS. Flowers must play an important role in this original story. This narrative is limited to 750 words and must be submitted electronically to the teen librarian at by 9:00 pm on May 31, 2022.
Next Contest: Summer 2022
The Writing Club will again tackle the library’s summer reading theme with a narrative challenge on Oceans of Possibility. Check the Info-Board in the Teen Area for details on upcoming writing contest events and other teen and tween programs.
Previous Contests
Contest Theme Winning Title Winning Author
Summer 2021 Fables “The 20th Anniversary Race” Helene H.
Fall 2021 Mystery in 750 words “A Missing Identity” Abigail M.
Resources to Help Perfect Your Writing

The Teen & Tween Writing Club

Do you like to write? Do you like playing with words or pictures to tell a story? Are poetry and lyrics more your style? Do you want to write a book someday? Why not start today!

Come join us in the library to discuss writing, get feedback on your work in progress, and get closer to creating your great work!

The Writing Club will give young writers support and encouragement!
Click here to view upcoming teen writing group meetings! or send an email to Librarian Barb at” for more information!

Online Databases

The library provides many online databases that provide resources to help take your writing to the next level!

Bloom’s Literature
Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
Accessible From: Home & Library
Literary Reference Center
Provides reference information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources.
Accessible From: Home & Library
An online reader’s advisory to fiction books. Keyword and subject access to thousands of children’s and adult fiction titles with full-text reviews.
Accessible From: Home & Library
Salem Literature
Salem Literature is a robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets. Salem currently offers this service with the following titles:

  • Critical Insights
  • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes
  • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground
  • Classics
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition
  • Critical Survey of Poetry, Fourth Edition
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Fifth Edition
  • Magill’s Literary Annual 2012
  • Masterplots, Fourth Edition


Accessible From: Home & Library

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