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April 04
​Libraries Host Online Writing Contest for Kids

Do you have a young author at home looking to showcase their skills? Here’s their chance to step into the spotlight.

Wake County Public Libraries is hosting an online story writing contest for kids in kindergarten through grade 5. Entries will be accepted until April 30.

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“We recognize that this is a challenging time in our children’s lives, and we hope this gives them something new to focus on,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries. “There are many ways to tell a story—and we look forward to seeing some creative entries.” 

Here are the rules:

  • Only one entry per student.
  • Entries should be original, 1,000 words or less and handwritten or typed.
  • Illustrations are encouraged, but not required. 

Winners will be selected from each grade level. Winning entries will be featured on Wake County Public Libraries’ website and Facebook page.

The story writing contest was originally part of a program that started at West Regional Library 12 years ago. Participants took part in a month of programs to develop writing skills and then had the opportunity to read their stories out loud at an awards ceremony.

This year, WCPL planned to expand the program to other locations. But when COVID-19 closed libraries, librarians instead transitioned the contest to an online experience, making it possible to reach more people and widen the age range.

Fill out this form to enter the contest.

Staying Updated
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19.

You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and in Spanish, a list of COVID-19-related closures and service changes, as well as an email address and phone number that people can use to ask personal health-related questions about COVID-19.

The county is also sharing important information on its FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts. 


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