Just For Teens


Get Graphic! Comic Book Contest!
February 1 – April 30, 2020

Are you an amateur artist in Middle School or High School? Are you into creating comic style short stories? Here’s your chance to show off your talent! Entries due by April 30, 2020. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners in each category – Middle School and High School.

The Rules:

  • Limited to amateur illustrators only (ages 11-18, grades 6-12)
  • All artwork, dialogues, and plot must be original, unpublished content.
  • Teens can work individually or in teams of up to 4 creators. This will be considered a single entry and team members will split the prize.
  • Comics must be a minimum of 4 pages and maximum of 14 pages. 1 page = 1 side of paper. Two of the first three pages must have at least 2 cells.
  • Paper Size:
    • Min. 8.5” x 11”
    • Max. 11” x 17”
  • Color or B&W artwork is allowed. Original computer-generated artwork is allowed.
  • One entry per individual or team.
  • HPL reserves the right to reproduce submissions, but author/illustrator can retrieve their original art after the contest. Original artwork may be picked up from the Central Library Teen Room May 31 – June 30, 2020.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Art – Creativity & Illustration (only the first 3 pages)
  • Plot – Whole submission
  • Dialogue – Whole submission
  • Originality – Whole submission

Submission Guidelines:

  • Participants must be in grades 6-12 between the ages of 11-18.
  • Each entry must have an entry form attached.
  • Digital entries are not allowed. Entries may be turned in at the Central Library Teen Room or mailed to:
    • Houston Public Library
      Attn: Rebecca Denham
      500 McKinney
      Houston, TX 77002
  • Entries must follow all rules and be submitted or postmarked by Thursday, April 30, 2020.


Spilled Ink Contest
Teen Writing Contest | July 1 - September 30, 2019

HPL’s second annual Spilled Ink: Teen Writing Contest garnered participants from around Greater Houston and competition was fierce!  A huge “thank you” to you everyone who participated in or helped promote this program.  We had many great entries from which to choose.

Middle and High School students were encouraged to submit their poetry or short stories for consideration.  This contest judged submissions on three fronts: originality; use of language; and technical skill.  Entries were assigned a number according to their category before being submitted to our Writing Contest Judges.  Judges did not discover the name, age, gender or geographic location of entries until after the winning entries had been selected for all categories.

Spilled Ink 2019 winners are:

Poetry: Grades 6-8
1st Place – Laisha R. for “Fault Line
2nd Place – Collin H. for “Ode to the Ancient One, the Dragon

Short Story: Grades 6-8
1st Place – Ryan K. for “Flames Ignite
2nd Place – Ellen B. for “Found
3rd Place – Niko L. for “Nolan Nexus and the Evil of LiveCorp

Poetry: Grades 9-12
1st Place – Stephanie O. for “Together But Apart
2nd Place – Angelina C. for “I Am Not Gold
3rd Place – Samiha Z. for “My Houstonian Pegasus

Short Story: Grades 9-12
1st Place – Ella R. for “Freedom Runners
2nd Place – Penny D. for “Currying Fortune
3rd Place – Danielle Y. for “Red

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