The Morristown Festival of Books is proud to celebrate the power of the written word by bringing award-winning authors to the Morristown community each fall. The annual Festival has the power to challenge, transport, and transform individuals of all ages as well as bring the community together in conversation.
To mark our 7th anniversary and to encourage future award-winning writers, MFOB is again sponsoring a Teen Writing Contest. High school students from New Jersey are invited to submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or an essay (up to 1,200 words) on the theme:
Write a true story, a poem, or nonfiction essay about what happened during the 2020-21 coronavirus pandemic and how it affected you and others, or write a fictional story of an imaginary pandemic and what might, or might never, have happened.
Up to seven entries will be selected as finalists. Authors will be notified by September 10, 2021, if their story is selected as a finalist. The finalists will have their stories posted on the Morristown Festival of Books website prior to the Festival, which will be held on October 8 & 9, 2021.
First-place winner will receive $500.
Second-place winner will receive $250.
Third-place winner will receive $100.
Four honorable mentions will each receive $50.
Contest winners will be announced as part of the Festival on October 8 & 9, 2021.
Linda L. Hellstrom, Founder
Caroline Godfrey, Co-Chair
Karen Gruenberg, Co-Chair
Elizabeth K. Parker
Diane Naughton Washburne