“The city will follow you,” the Greek poet Cavafy wrote in his poem “The City.” This summer, the St. Louis Public Library challenges teens grades 6-12 to create something about St. Louis on its 250th birthday. We’ll be accepting submissions of short essays, poems, stories, songs, and videos through the end of June. Winners will receive T-shirts from STL Style House and other great prizes, and will have the opportunity to read their work in Central Library’s auditorium. On Monday, May 19th, author Antony John will be leading a workshop to get the ideas flowing at Central Library.
St. Louis is 250 years old, and we’re challenging teens! Reflect on a person, place, or institution that defines your St. Louis. Describe the emotional power of this place, person, or institution, and tell us how your choice is reflected in the St. Louis of today. Submissions judged on excellence of presentation, originality, production quality, emotional impact, and storytelling.
- Writing: An essay, poem or short story–no more than 500 words.
- Visual: A short (no more than 2 minute) film, music video, song, or spoken word recording.
Pick up an entry form at any St. Louis Public Library location. Entries accepted May 1-June 30. A panel of writers, artists, and Library staff will select the middle and high school winners.
Winner Showcase and Award Ceremony is Saturday, July 12, at 2-2:30 p.m. in Central’s Auditorium.
Need help getting started with your entry? Attend a My STL 2014 Challenge Writing Workshops.
- Monday May 5 Carpenter
- Monday May 12 Julia Davis
- Monday May 19 Central