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Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest

Eligibility   The contest is open to all age groups. The age groups are defined as Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adult.*

Formats Accepted

  • Short stories   Must be typed, 12 point, double-spaced, on white 8 ½” X 11” paper, 1 copy. Short stories should be no longer than 4 single-side pages. Entries longer than 4 pages will be disqualified. **
  • Poetry   Must be typed, 12 point, double-spaced, on white 8 ½ X 11” paper, 1 copy. Poems should be no longer than 2 single-side pages. Entries longer than 2 pages will be disqualified. **
  • Visual Arts   Submissions of sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings will be classified as visual art. A statement of how the piece is relevant to the contest topic must be submitted with the visual art on a notecard. Entries without a statement card will be disqualified. **

Deadline   All entries must be received on or before May 15, 2015. Entries may be hand-delivered or emailed with entry form on or before the deadline. Mailed entries must be received by the deadline or sooner. Late entries will not be accepted.

Judges   The names of the judges will be available upon request.

Mail or Hand-deliver Entries (with entry form) To

Waukegan Public Library

Attention: Ray Bradbury Creative Contest

128 North County Street

Waukegan, IL 60085

Email Entries (with entry form) To   rosecourtney [at] waukeganpl [dot] info

Literary Journal   The winning entries will be published on the Ray Bradbury Creative Contest page of the library web site. All entries will be included in a literary journal available for download. Winners will receive award certificates and be acknowledged in the literary journal online.

Winners   The winning entries will be announced on June 1, 2015.

*Library employees, board members, and their immediate family are not eligible to participate.

**Library is not responsible for lost or damaged displayed work.


All entries must include an entry form.

If you have questions about the Creative Contest, please call Rose Courtney at 847-623-2041 x 232, or email rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info.


Check out WPL’s writing resources webpages to review your creative writing skills:





Congratulations to the 2014 Winners

Written- Elementary

Written- Middle School

Written- High School

Written- Adult

Visual- Elementary

Visual- High School

  • Walls Separating My Imagination by Jaqueline Martinez
    In a world with no books, or any existing words at all, has no openings to the other side. The other side is supposed to represent imagination… These walls are the only things that separate fantasy and reality. Doesn’t one go mad if anything were to happen like so? My image shows a young girl breaking that wall with the help of books…a weapon against reality. (the image is viewed from right to left)

Visual- Adult

  • The impending age of Non-Imaginative Children by Alexander Antillon
    Society today is based around the latest iPhone or biggest and sleekest tablet. While libraries and books become obsolete, children and adults lose the greatest ability known to man, imagination. Without the imagery and descriptive writing of books we lose the ability to create images in our head, creativity for our children and our lives regulated by smart devices. The internet has become our virtual library while apps and television display computer generated images (CGI) to create our imagination for us. Books allow us to not only think for ourselves and develop our own answers but also guarantee that the information provided is true and not edited or hacked by random people online. Libraries provide safe havens for us to dwell in history, swim in science fiction, or walk with dinosaurs; they offer intelligent librarians to help with your search or suggest fascinating readings based on your interests, unlike the online search engines that suggest what you may like based on your history of browsing. A world without books and libraries is a world that is controlled and influenced by electronics, making us biological robots that allow our electronics to think for us, suggest what we may enjoy, and communicate to others. The written word is important because it not only allows us to think for ourselves and mentally develop but also enables our children and their children’s children to develop a mind and personality of their own and not what the television influences them to do or be engulfed in tablets, smartphones, and laptops.