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The World We Write

The World We Write Short Story Contest Winners

Check out the winners of our inaugural short story contest.

In 2023, in partnership with the Fairfax Library Foundation, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) held a short story contest for adults as a part of the Summer Reading Adventure. Entitled "The World We Write," the contest tasked participants with creating a 250-word story based off of one of five pre-selected prompts. The prompts were:

  1. Late one night, there was a knock at my door.
  2. Everything was going great…and then the dragons appeared.
  3. If only he/she/they hadn't bought the blue one.
  4. The world seemed like such a big place, until...
  5. <Name> was born to make mistakes and change the world.

Five winners were selected to received a $25 Visa Gift Card and a certificate signed by Jessica Hudson, our Library Director, and Lisa Bryant, the Executive Director of the Fairfax Library Foundation. 

Check out the winning stories now:

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