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Try a Summer Writing Contest!

The "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 as part of DC Public Library 2012 summer reading program themed "Dream Big - Read!" and top winners will be honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September on the National Mall.

A Book That Shaped Me

Who can participate? Rising fifth- and sixth-graders (students who will be entering fifth or sixth grade in the fall of 2012).

How can they 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?

  • The essay must be one page.
  • 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, Aug. 25 to your neighborhood DC Public Library using the required entry coupon. See your children's librarian to get one.

 

What can you win? "A Book That Shaped Me" will award prizes to winners at each library location and to three (3) overall grand prize winners. DC Public Library's panel of staff judges will select top essayists for each library location. Library winners (25) will each receive a $50 gift card and additional prizes, and then advance to the Grand Prize level judging.

The top three (3) Grand Prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress to include educators, children's authors and Library of Congress staff. Grand Prize winners will each receive a $200 gift card and additional prizes.

Library winners and Grand Prize winners will be honored during a presentation at the 2012 Library of Congress national Book Festival on the National Mall, which takes place Sept. 22-23.