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Writing a short story is no easy task. But that’s just what we’re asking you to do in our Flash Fiction Contest this summer. Writers of all ages can submit a short story of 1,000 words or less to our contest. We’ll give out prizes to winners in each age category and feature submissions in a short story collection at the Library.

We caught up with a few teen writers who are entering the contest to see what inspires them and what they’re writing about these days.

I like to write because it lets me create imaginative worlds,” said Kyla, 14, of Hoffman Estates. Kyla is just one of several teens from our Teen Writing Club planning to enter our Flash Fiction Contest.

“I've enjoyed writing ever since I was in elementary school,” said Gabe, 16, also of Hoffman Estates. “I just like creating stories.” Gabe is submitting a short story called The Liberators. “It’s about a prophecy that's set to come true. I was inspired by ancient mythologies and various religions of the world.”

Jena, 16, of Schaumburg, goes to our Teen Writing Club every month. “I haven't quite set on a specific story for the contest, but I'm working on it!” Jena said. “Currently, I'm getting inspiration from a song and a movie I saw recently.”

“I tend to write scary stories,” said Paige, 14, of Streamwood. “When people read my stories, I love watching their faces when they reach the plot twist.” Paige is writing another horror story to submit to our contest. “It’s called Blaires’s Painting. I got the idea from a YouTube series that has left me thinking ever since I watched it.”

We can’t wait to read all these entries! And there’s still time for you to submit a short story. Our Flash Fiction Contest is open through July 15.