Library of Congress Writing Contest Announced

Tenley-Friendship Library

Library of Congress Writing Contest Announced

Rising 5th and 6th graders asked to write about “A Book That Shaped Me”

The Library of Congress National Book Festival's “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest encourages rising 5th and 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered through local public library systems in the Mid-Atlantic region including DC Public Library. Top winners are honored at the Library of Congress.
Who can participate?
Rising 5th & 6th Graders (students who will be entering 5th or 6th grade in the Fall).
How do I enter?
Write a short essay on a book that has had a personal impact on your life. Books have the power to shape us by changing the ways we think and feel. Think about a book that made a difference in your life. It could be your favorite book, one that you read at school or as part of this year’s summer reading program.

How did it make you feel? Did it change the way you see yourself, your family or the world?

Choose one book – it can be fiction or nonfiction – and write a short essay about how it had a personal impact on your life.

Write a one-page essay.
  • Use examples from the book to make your points.
  • Your essay will be judged on content, structure (spelling and grammar) and creativity.
  • Your essay may be typed or hand-written.
  • Submit your essay in-person by Friday, July 10 to a participating public library, such as the Tenley-Friendship Library, along with a completed contest entry form containing your parent or guardian’s signature.
How to do I submit my entry?
Submit your essay in-person at the children's Desk here at Tenley-Friendship Library or any other DC Public Library location by Friday, July 10 along with a completed contest entry form containing your parent or guardian’s signature.
When is the Deadline?
Friday, July 10 

For more information, email Ms. Shelley