Pasadena Public Library One City, One Story “Tell Your Story” Contest

Pasadena Children and Teens Grades 3-12 are invited to submit their original short story of how they or a family member came to America. The stories can depict a family tale (true or fictionalized) or explore the topic of what it means to be an American.

All winning entries will be prominently displayed at the Pasadena Central Library and featured in a Pasadena Public Library publication and online. Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 24. Winners and runners up will have the opportunity to read their stories at 2015 One City, One Story Day, Saturday, March 28, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Entry deadline is March 16, 2015.

Contest Guidelines:

– Open to children and teens grade 3-12.
– Stories must be 500-2000 words, writer’s choice, and must be legibly hand written or typed.
– Stories must be original and the students own work.
– All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (click here for the entry form)
– Stories may be submitted to any Pasadena Public Library site or emailed to Jane Gov at

Contest forms are also available at or can be picked up at any Pasadena Public Library.

Entry Categories

3rd-5th grade
6th-8th grade
9th-12th grade

A first, second, and third prize will be awarded in each category:

First prize: $100 gift card
Second prize: $50 gift card
Third prize: $25 gift card

For questions or more information contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or email



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