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LitUp Festival

litup - books and art for the next generation: june 4, 2022, at the North Independence Branch

LitUp is growing in 2022!

There are big changes coming for LitUp in 2022! While we’re staying true to our roots with our annual Creative Contest and one-day festival at our North Independence Branch, we’re making LitUp a year-round celebration of teen creatives with book groups, programs, and workshops. Check back often and watch us grow.

Volunteer to help with LitUp 2022! Volunteer applications will be accepted until April 4th.

LitUp 2022 Creative Contest Guidelines

  1. The LitUp Creative Contest recognizes outstanding writing and art created by teens in 7th through 12th grades. Those under the age of 18 will require parent or guardian permission for inclusion of their submission in the printed LitUp 2022 Anthology.  
  2. Contestants will not only be judged on the quality, originality, and creativity of their works, but also their ability to apply the Journeys theme to their entries.  
  3. The LitUp Creative Contest is intended to showcase the works of emerging, amateur writers and artists, and excludes professional writers. For the purposes of this contest, professional writers would be those who have been paid for three (3) works in the same category of their submissions to the LitUp 2022 Creative Contest.  
  4. MCPL reserves non-exclusive first publication rights for winning pieces published by us in the anthology, but the author is free to use the works as they see fit in the future.  
  5. Do NOT put your name on the submitted document. Entries containing names of the entrant will be disqualified.  
  6. Fiction and Nonfiction: Maximum word count is 1,500 and minimum word count is 500 with a maximum of three works per writer in each of these categories. Podcast/audio submissions are limited to 15 minutes.  
  7. Poetry should be submitted with one poem per submission with a maximum of five poems per writer.  
  8. Visual Art submissions can be illustrations, comics, or other works of graphic storytelling with a maximum of three submissions per artist.  
  9. The LitUp Creative Contest cannot accept works previously published in print or electronically. Previously published work will be removed from consideration. (Work published on a personal blog or website will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)  
  10. Submission to the LitUp Creative Contest does not guarantee acceptance into the anthology. Qualifying entries will be judged and contestants will be informed as to whether or not each entry was accepted for publication.  

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