PLL’s Back-to-School Writing Challenge

We’re starting the new school year with our first ever writing challenge. So, just like your teachers on the first day, let’s jump right in!

New beginnings are a common theme of back-to-school stories, so let’s do something a little different.

It’s your character’s last day at their old school before moving someplace new. What time of year is it? Why is he/she moving? What is he/she feeling? Do they want to leave?  In 250-300 words, tell us about his/her last day before moving on.

Send your entries to news@paperlanternlit.com by Thursday, September 15. We will post some submissions here and pick three winners to receive PLL tote bags to carry your school books in literary style. One winner’s tote will be signed by Lauren Oliver and the rest of the PLL staff.

To get you in the spirit, here are five school-themed books we love. What are your favorite school-centric stories? Let us know in the comments and good luck!

The Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore – A private school that recruits teenage orphans turns out to be a special ops training facility. Sign us up, please!

Where She Went by Gayle Foreman – Go ahead and take a break from your world-renowned art school to hang with your rockstar ex-boyfriend.

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard – Normal teen girl by day, deadly and seductive siren by night. Where does she find the time to do homework…and juggle the two hotties that love her?

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay – Juliet Capulet is a high school student who has defended true love from those who would destroy or corrupt it for centuries. Yeah, high school blows even when you’re immortal.

Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – Say what you will about Holden Caulfield, the book is a classic for a reason. After being expelled from his prep school, the original King of Angst runs off to hang in the big city. Can’t say we blame him!


3 thoughts on “PLL’s Back-to-School Writing Challenge

  1. I read Catcher in the Rye as required reading in High School, I fell in love with that book. The characters are so alive and real, even those characters that are only in the book for one page. You feel like you know these people inside and out, or that you’ve met them before.

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