Maryln Schwartz Creative Writing Contest

The Friends of the Mobile Public Library sponsor an annual Writing Contest open to all Mobile County high school and middle school students residing in Mobile County (public, private and home schooled) grades 6-12.

Contest participants are invited to enter into three categories: poetry, short story, and essay. Middle School and High School students will be judged separately. Prizes will be awarded to Middle School and High School students as follows: First Place ($100), Second Place ($50) and Third Place ($25). Honorable mentions may be awarded in each category. Students may submit one entry per category.

Email deadline is December 9, 2019.
For submission requirements and more information on how to enter see the Contest Rules. Students or teachers may email submissions to the contest. Submissions should be emailed to

Awards will be announced at the Mobile Literary Festival at the Ben May Main Library on March 21, 2020. Students, friends and family are encouraged to attend this wonderful event. Students will have an opportunity to read their work at this event. Teachers who have students submitting work will also be recognized at this program.

Questions: Email or call 251-391-5376

Students may also submit their work to the Metro Mobile Literacy Council for inclusion in the 2020 Teen Magazine which will be available at the Mobile Literacy Festival on March 21, 2020. For details on submitting work to the magazine contact them at - Their deadline is December 6, 2019.