For Children

Young Writers Awards

The Young Writers Awards (YWA) honor excellent writing by young members of the Library community. A panel of notable authors judge each year's entries. The competition is open to children and grandchildren of Library members, as well as member schools and the more than 100 schools that participate in the Project Cicero Annual Book Drive.

The 2018 competition is open from January 2 to April 9, 2018.

All entries must be submitted online or in person by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 9.

Winning entries will be announced publicly by May 21.

Competition Guidelines and Entry Instructions

Electronic Entry Form (recommended)

Printable Entry Form (for hand-delivered submissions only)


We invite you to read the 2017 Young Writers Awards winning and honorable mention entries.

Young Writers Award Winners by Year

All winners in alphabetical order


The Young Writers Awards are generously supported by Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner.