Paying Tribute to Place: The My StL 2014 Challenge

"The city will follow you," the Greek poet Cavafy wrote in his poem "The City." This summer, the St. Louis Public Library challenges teens grades 6-12 to create something about St. Louis on its 250th birthday. We'll be accepting submissions of short essays, poems, stories, songs, and videos through the end of June. Winners will receive T-shirts from STL Style House and other great prizes, and will have the opportunity to read their work in Central Library's auditorium. On Monday, May 19th, author Antony John will be leading a workshop to get the ideas flowing at Central Library. 

My StL 2014 Challenge


St. Louis is 250 years old, and we’re challenging teens! Reflect on a person, place, or institution that defines your St. Louis. Describe the emotional power of this place, person, or institution, and tell us how your choice is reflected in the St. Louis of today. Submissions judged on excellence of presentation, originality, production quality, emotional impact, and storytelling.


  • Writing: An essay, poem or short story–no more than 500 words.
  • Visual: A short (no more than 2 minute) film, music video, song, or spoken word recording.

Pick up an entry form at any St. Louis Public Library location. Entries accepted May 1-June 30.  A panel of writers, artists, and Library staff will select the middle and high school winners.

Winner Showcase and Award Ceremony is Saturday, July 12, at 2-2:30 p.m. in Central’s Auditorium.

Writing Workshop

Need help getting started with your entry? Attend a My STL 2014 Challenge Writing Workshops.

Antony John, the award winning young adult author of Five Flavors of Dumb, will help you work on your entry. All programs 6-7 p.m.

  • Monday          May 5             Carpenter  
  • Monday          May 12           Julia Davis  
  • Monday          May 19           Central

Registration recommended.

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