Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

Cover of the 2024 Book Contest Rules booklet

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 accepted submissions for the 40th Annual Contest beginning Wednesday, January 3, 2024 and ending Tuesday, March 5, 2024. 


Need a little writing help or inspiration? Young Writers Workshops are held twice annually, in the fall and winter. We'll know the Fall 2024 workshop date by the end of the summer!

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