350 for $50 Writing Contest

National Family Literacy Month

November is National Family Literacy Month and we’re celebrating with a writing contest! All ages may participate. The challenge is to write a 350-word story that includes the phrase, “It all began at the library.” That gives you six words already—only 344 more to go!

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. Submit your story below. Paper entry forms are also available at the Recommendations Desk and the Children’s Help Desk.

Entries will be divided into four age groups:

  • 18+
  • 13-17
  • 8-12
  • 7 & younger (children in this category may narrate their story to for an adult to write and draw a picture for their story)

All entries will receive a free book. Grand prize winners from each age group will receive a $50 gift certificate to River Lights Bookstore. *Only one submission per person is allowed.