Creative Writing Contest winners

Entry to the Adult Creative Writing Contest is now closed. Please check back in 2025 for information on the next contest.


The 47th Annual Adult Creative Writing Contest is held to encourage and recognize creative writing among adults. Presented by Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries.

The contest is open to any person 18 years old or older who:

  • resides, works or attends school in Tulsa County, or
  • has a nonresident Tulsa City-County Library card, and
  • is not a member of the creative writing contest committee or a judge of the contest

Only unpublished manuscripts are accepted. Unpublished and published writers are encouraged to compete.


Deadline for submission: April 1, 2024.  DOWNLOAD COMPLETE RULES AND ENTRY FORM HERE. Entries can be dropped off at any branch library or mailed to the address on the form.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will the winners be announced?

We will announce the winners at the awards ceremony on May 11, 2024. A list of winners will appear on the library website the first business day following the awards ceremony. All winners will be notified by phone by April 19, 2024. You will not receive notice if you are NOT a winner. All entrants will however receive an invitation to the awards ceremony. Entrants are discouraged from calling to check whether they have a winning entry.

How many people entered the contest this year? How many entries were there in my category?

We're sorry; we do not share that information. The number of entries varies from year to year. Each category is competitive.

Who are the judges?

We’re sorry; we do not reveal who the judges are. Judging is anonymous – they do not know your name either. But trust us…the judges are qualified.