Library of Congress Kids Writing Contest Announced

Tenley-Friendship Library

Library of Congress Kids Writing Contest Announced

Rising fifth and sixth 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 fifth and sixth 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 will be honored during a presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1. 
 
Who can participate?
Rising fifth and sixth graders (students who will be entering fifth and sixth 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 challenge.

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.
How to do I submit my entry?
Submit your essay in-person at the Children's Desk at Tenley-Friendship Library or any other DC Public Library location by Friday, July 7, along with a completed contest entry form containing your parent or guardian’s signature.
 
When is the deadline?
Friday, July 7

For more information, please send an email