Thank you to all who participated in the Open Books Writing Contest. Due to the large number of submissions, we will be announcing our winners in mid-July. Winning participants will be notified first, and then all winners will be posted here.
Open Books Writing Competition 2020
Sponsored by Dolores McArdle Reading Trust
Goal: To encourage and reward creative writing while at home during social distancing/quarantine, reinforce the idea that everyone has a story to tell, and to cultivate a mindset of valuing community
Open to: All students, with a focus on those in the Chicagoland area, 3rd-12th grade
One winner from each age group wins $1000.
Three runners-up in each age group win $200 each.
Money to be used to further education.
Additionally, up to 10 authors from each age group will be selected to have their story published in a short story anthology.
- Write about a character who experiences the important of community.
- What does community/family mean to you?
- Who is a hero in your community/family? Why?
Maximum length 2,500 words (about 10 pages), no minimum length
- Submissions are closed
- Judging will take place June
- Winners will be announced at the end of June
- Prizes will be announced in August
Publication: All winners, runners-up, and additionally selected authors will be published in an anthology. Each winner will get a free copy of the anthology, which will also be sold in our Open Books West Loop bookstore.
To enter, upload your writing and complete the form below:
By submitting your writing, you acknowledge that your work may be published by Open Books.
All questions can be directed to [email protected]