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January 27, 2021
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Teen Writing Contest

By Alexandra Glorioso
Brooklyn Book Festival 3
Credit: Kathryn Kirk

Due June 27:  Borough President Markowitz announces 6th annual “Brooklyn Lit Match” teen writing contest. Student competition held in conjunction with Brooklyn Book Festival, Sept. 18.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz invites Brooklyn high school students to submit stories, poems, essays, spoken word and raps for the 6th annual “Brooklyn Lit Match” teen writing contest, a competition held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Book Festival, scheduled for Sun., Sept., 18.

Winning submissions will be published in a book and the first place winner will receive a laptop computer. All high school students attending school in Brooklyn or who live in Brooklyn are welcome to submit.

The theme of this year’s contest is Brooklyn ReACT. Students are asked to write on the following:

Theme: From schoolyards and social networking sites to the larger political world, there is a spectrum of people who threaten, oppress and bully. Why do some people torment others? What makes bullies stop or not? What can others do? Tell us a story about bullying. You can invent a story with fictional characters and a made-up setting, or you can tell it straight from your own life. Who are the characters and where do they come from? What do they do and how do others respond?

A committee of publishers, editors and literary agents will select 10 finalists, including a first place winner. The finalists will be invited to read their work at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 18. Their work will be professionally edited and published in an anthology to be released by Akashic Books.

Entries are due by June 27, can be typed or handwritten, and should not exceed 2,000 words. They can be written in any form: a story, poem, essay, or rap. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, school, principal, age and telephone number. There is no fee to enter, and you must be a high schooler either living in Brooklyn or attending a Brooklyn high school at the time of submission.

Entries should be sent to:

Brooklyn Book Festival Lit Match

Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

or e-mailed to

Any questions regarding the writing competition can be directed to:

Liz Koch


More information about the Brooklyn Book Festival can be found at

Mark Zustovich



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