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August 24, 2017 - October 1, 2017
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Helena, MT 59601
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[Your Story Here]: Teen Creativity Showcase

Thursday, August 24, 2017

You have a story. Your story matters. We want to listen. Are you writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to see your works published? Your Lewis & Clark Library has an opportunity for you! Submit to LCLTeens’ Library Zine, [Your Story Here] ! [Your Story Here] is a project meant to celebrate the creativity of teens in Lewis & Clark County. We ask you - young people between grades 6 and 12 - to submit your poetry, short stories, essays, and original artwork on the theme of “Unleashing Your Story” for the inaugural issue of this periodic publication. Please be broad and creative in your approach to your interpretation of what it means for you (or your family, your community, your....) to “unleash your story.” Think about why we tell stories; how we tell stories; how story can shape the belief in our own self-worth and power; stories that inspire you; how sharing/hearing stories led to action. We want your story, told in your own unique and authentic voice.

How to submit your work to [Your Story Here]: 
Fill out our online submission form, then
Email submissions to

All written manuscripts must be typed in 12-point font with one-inch margins, and checked for spelling and grammar. At the top of your submission, please include your name, address, primary phone number, and email.
Poetry should be single-spaced and not exceed 1,000 words.
Short stories can be 500-2,500 words, about 2-10 pages double-spaced.
Non-fiction and essays should not exceed 2,500 words, about 10 pages double-spaced.
Manuscripts must be in .doc or .docx format, and/or readable in Google Drive and/or Microsoft Word.
Artwork and Photography
Physical copies of artwork (e.g. paintings, sculptures, etc.) or photos will not be accepted. Instead, take a picture or scan your work into one of the following formats: .JPG/JPEG, .TIFF, and .PNG. Images must be 300 pixels per inch (PPI). Images containing nudity will not be accepted.
Along with your image, attach a separate Word document with a description of your work and a short anecdote of what inspired the work.
Additional Information
While [Your Story Here]  does not want to limit our patrons’ creativity, be aware that this publication is intended for all audiences. Submissions must be mindful of language, the use of graphic violence and abuse, and the depiction of harmful stereotypes based on age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and mental/physical disabilities.
Limit of 5 submissions per person.