Two winners will be selected from the entrants. Entries will be judged based on the following:
  • ORIGINALITY - Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.
  • TECHNICAL SKILL - Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills creating something unique, powerful, and innovative.
  • EMERGENCE OF A PERSONAL VOICE OR VISION - Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.
Each winner will receive a $25 dollar Amazon gift card and have their original work submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with the submission fee paid by CPRL.

Categories - there are two writing categories from which to choose:

Category Description - Writing in verse. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word. Special Instructions - Each submission may consist of 1-5 poems, which will be judged as a collection. Students may submit more than one collection, but must register each separately. Limits: 20-200 lines (total for the entire collection).

Personal Essay & Memoir
Category Description: A non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event of importance to the author. Limits: 500-3,000 words.

Please submit your entries by December 11, 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop off at your local CP Regional Library. Winners will be announced December 18, 2020.