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Mercersburg Summer Writing Contest


Sunday, May 1, 2016


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Entry Fees

Free to enter


One Grand Prize Winner and a First and Second Runners-Up will be selected.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive free to the Mercersburg Summer Programs Young Writers Camp, July 3-5, 2016 (an $1,800 value) and the opportunity to read the winning piece at YWC Opening Ceremony.

The First and Second Runners-Up will receive 30% off to the Mercersburg Summer Programs Young Writers Camp, July 3-15, 2016 (a $540.00 value) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.


Mercersburg Summer Programs is thrilled to announce its 6th Annual Young Writers Contest. The contest kicks off the Young Writers Camp’s summer 2016 theme: Behind the Locked Door of Mystery. The 6th Annual Young Writers Contest is open to students ages 11-16.

Contest Writing Prompt:
Like life itself, every tale told is a mystery because we never know where the story will lead. Whether a romance, an adventure, or a whodunnit, every good narrative holds secrets and unexpected twists. And now is your chance to unlock the mysteries that lie behind the door of your own imagination.

While on a holiday visit, you are stuck inside your grandmother’s old house during a gray, rainy afternoon. Out of boredom, you decide to explore the attic where you find an old, dust-covered trunk. In 1,000 words or less, write about what you find in the trunk and the secrets it holds. Your story can take the form of a fantasy, a science-fiction tale, a sentimental romance, or a traditional mystery. You are only limited by your imagination.

Contact Information

Mercersburg Summer Programs
(717) 328-6225
[email protected]



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