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Good Luck, Everyone!

2019 Rules

Once again the Tahlequah Friends of the Library is sponsoring a writing contest in Cherokee County for students and adults. This year we are accepting entries for six levels of writers: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th - 8th Grades, 9th - 12th Grades, and Adults. Everyone is invited to submit entries (one or two in any or all of the three following entry categories).

Poetry – no more than 30 lines. Poetry is a word song with a beat and sometimes rhymes. Sounds and syllables may be repeated. Line breaks create form and space. Rules about sentences, paragraphs, and punctuation are suspended. Some types of poetry have rules about rhyme patterns or numbers of syllables in a line while others are “free form”.

Fiction - under 1500 words. A fictional short story (including fictional essay), is made from imagination and written in sentences and paragraphs. The writer makes fantasized scenes seem real by writing believable characters, scenery, dialogue and action. Historical fiction mixes known history with information that can't be known exactly.

Nonfiction - under 1500 words. Nonfiction in a true account written in sentences and paragraphs. Nonfiction includes essays: personal factual, memoir, information, history, biography, and inspiration.

***Very important*** All winning entries will be scanned for publication in the Starwatch Anthology. Therefore, all entries must be single-spaced and typed in Arial font size 12. Do not use italics or bold or script font. Set margins at ¾ inch. Please do not put your name on your work. Do put the title on each page and number the pages in the upper right hand corner. Under the title on the first page indicate your category: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Failure to follow these guidelines can lead to disqualification.

Entries are to be submitted no later than noon Saturday March 2, 2019. Winners will be notified and awards will be presented at a reception to be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2 p.m. in Richardson Hall at Go Ye Village. Winning entries will be published in the 38th annual Starwatch Anthology, with first-place winners receiving one free copy of that issue.

We look forward to your participation in Starwatch XXXVIII.

Tahlequah Friends of the Library  |  Tahlequah Public Library

2018 Winners

Thanks to all our participants for making this another great year!


Adult Winners

L to R: Ronnie Vann, Kris Cooper, Ron Cook, Sharon Armstrong.

Keys Elementary Winners

L to R: Korbyn Briggs, Victor Childs, Lacey Lamon, Landon Fields, Andra Garrett, Brixy Ziese, Teacher Susie Eden.



Shiloh Christian School Winners

L to R: Principal Hannah Foreman, Teacher Jennifer Crumby, Emma Glad, Reece Cowart, Dalton Crumby, .Sam Mitchell, Noel Galdamez, Peyton Butcher, Wynter Jackson, Elijah Galdamez, Teacher Debbie Clarke.

Tenkiller School & Sequoyah High School Winners

L to R: Tenkiller School: Abi Sweet; Sequoyah High School: Katie Hallium, Teacher Kim Livingston.


Keys Junior High and High School Winners

L to R: Keys Junior High: Teacher Susie Eden, Charles Williams, Ryan Dark, Sierra Winkler, Olivia Carter, Carlee Gideon; Keys High School: Payton McGowin, Betty Williams.

Keys Elementary Winners

L to R: Jaycee Gideon, Taylor Petree, Kagan Fields, Nathan Erwin, Teacher Susie Eden.

Tahlequah Schools Winners

L to R: Heritage Elementary: Alice Stauss, Alyssa Pham; Cherokee Elementary: Jada Reddick; Greenwood Elementary: Connie Snow, Madison Sherron; Tahlequah High School: Lydia Chandler.