Westfield Washington Public Library Children’s Book Writing Contest Set • Current Edition


Westfield Library Foundation Executive Director Erin Downey wanted to do something special for the Westfield Washington Library’s 120th anniversary.

Thus, the foundation is organizing a children’s book writing competition sponsored by Community First Bank.

“We wanted to have something that people could put on their shelves to enjoy,” she said.


Downey said the themes for children’s book submissions should focus on the library and his birthday. The library, 333 Hoover St., will celebrate its anniversary from 2-5 p.m. on April 15. The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. The foundation will publish the winning works.

“We want the community to feel like they’re part of the celebration and can leave something lasting on the library shelves,” she said.

The winning entry in each age category will receive a cash prize. The price for the youth category (6-12 years old) is $100 and the price for the teenager (13-17 years old) and adult categories is $250. One copy of each winning book will be published and placed on the library shelves.

Downey said submissions can be traditional storybooks, poems, comics or graphic novels.

“Last year we celebrated the library’s anniversary throughout April and I held a writing contest and people wrote essays about why they love the library” , Downey said. “We got a huge response last year.”

Downey said that if the book was to be illustrated, the library would use a student artist to help illustrate it.

The contest rules are as follows: Submission must be a children’s story; the author must be a resident of Westfield; and the book must be 30 pages or less.

Submissions are due by midnight April 1st. Participants can submit their entries at the library reception or by email to [email protected]. Applications are available at bit.ly/3HGyPDk.


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