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Black & Super: African American History in Comics

Black & Super: African American History in Comics

Black History Month Event: Join us for an afternoon of superheroics and learn some history of some of the popular African American superheroes. We will have games, activities, prizes and more. 

Interested in being considered as a vendor for this event? Submit an application by January 25.

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Everyone is Super Short Story Writing Contest


  • Entrants must be in grades 5-12
  • Children of contest judges or Suffolk Public Library employees are allowed to participate but ineligible to win.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Students may conference with parents, teachers, and/or peers on their work.
  • Short stories and entry forms must be submitted digitally by midnight February 10 2019.
  • Winner(s) will be announced Feb 16th at the Black & Super: African American History in Comics event at Morgan Memorial Library and the winning entry/entries may be read aloud at this event.
  • Any failure to adhere to these contest rules may result in disqualification.


  • Short stories must be uploaded digitally through this form. If you have any issues submitting through this form, contact cbland@suffolkva.us.


  • Text should be typed. Children who cannot type may have their story typed by someone else.
  • Non-English text should be translated and the translated text should adhere to the word count.
  • Invented spelling is accepted, but the intended words of the writer should be clear.
  • Short stories entered should include a title page that lists the title of the story and the full name of the author.
  • All fictional story characters should be original. Copyrighted names and images are not allowed.


  • All stories should have a minimum of 400 words and a maximum of 800 words.
  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the” but not the words on non-story pages, such as the title page.


  • Short stories must be submitted digitally and will not be returned.

PROMPT: Write a short story about you and what you would do if you had superpowers. What kind of powers would you have? What is the origin of your powers? What would be your name? Where would your adventures take place?

Submit entry here.

Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby (Morgan Memorial), Children's Area (Morgan Memorial)
Morgan Memorial Library
Adult All Ages Elementary Family Teen

11:15 AM Documentary (Meeting Room) 11:30 AM Storytime (Kids Area) 12:30 PM Trivia (Meeting Room) 1:15 PM Contest Winner(s) Announcement / Winner(s) Reads Aloud (Front Lobby Area) 1:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q/A with Local Artists (Front Lobby Area)

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