Rules and Conditions:

  1. You must be a resident of the City of Big Rapids, or from our service area (Big Rapids Township, Green Township, Grant Township, Colfax Township, Barton Township, or Norwich Township).

  2. You do NOT need a library card in order to submit.

  3. All work submitted must be original, meaning that you create the work based upon your own ideas. Submissions cannot infringe on third-party rights; that is, copyright isn't owned by another entity. Copyrighted characters are not allowed.

  4. Submissions should not have been previously published in print or online.

  5. This competition is open to ages 13 and above.

  6. One entry per person; per category.

How It Works:

  1. Drop off a physical copy of your short story to the first floor circulation desk. This must include your full name and contact information.

  2. A Consent to Publish will be required to enter.

  3. All submissions must be turned in before the end of the day during open library hours.



  1. The judging of all submission will be completed by Library staff and members of the Library Board and Friends of the Library.

  2. The submission will be judged on how well they fit the category and artist merit.

Winning submissions will be showcased in the Pioneer.

Note to Parents/Guardians: A parent or guardian must review the rules and conditions and sign the Consent to Publish Form in order for the submission to be entered into our contest.

Any questions, contact Sarah at

426 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone (231) 796-5234

Fax (231) 796-1078

Library Hours
Monday            11 am - 6 pm
Tuesday            11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday      11 am - 6 pm
Thursday           11 am - 6 pm
Friday                11 am - 6 pm 
Saturday           10 am - 3 pm
Sunday              Closed

Text 231-216-8942

to speak to a librarian.