Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest Rules 2023

Have a budding author in your family or classroom? Know a young writer who would be overjoyed to create their own story and see a bound copy of it on the shelf at the library?

Centre County children in grades 1 through 6 are invited to enter our Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest! Up to three winners will be chosen in each of our four categories, and their books will become a permanent part of the Children’s Department collection. Up to three honorable mention books will be chosen in each category as well. Winning and honorable mention authors will be given the opportunity to purchase professionally-bound copies of their books.

We're looking forward to the 39th annual Book Contest! Authors may submit entries between January 4, 2023 and March 7, 2023.

New for this year:


Need a little writing help or inspiration? Young Writers Workshops are held twice annually, in the fall and winter. Sign up now for the workshop on Saturday, October 22!

Interested in learning more about the contest? Listen to a 2020 interview with Young Writers Workshop instructor, Anne Burgevin, on the Schlow Library Podcast.

Contest Entry Form