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Writers Competition 2016 Begins

Entry forms for the 28th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are now available.
The Writers Competition is for fiction and nonfiction prose – no poetry please – up to 2,000 words. Entry forms, rules and a guide to creating an entry are available by visiting the Coeur d’Alene Public Library or the Lake City Public Library (inside Lake City High School, Monday-Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m.), by e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Writers Competition, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-4012.
Entry forms can also be downloaded from the library website:
The deadline for entries is March 31. Each competitor may submit up to two entries in whatever combination of fiction and/or nonfiction they choose. Entry fees for the competition are $1 for ages 6-11, and $2 for ages 12 and up.
The rules for the competition have changed slightly this year. Competitors will need to submit only one clean copy of their entries rather than the four copies previously required.
“We have been concerned with all the paper handling and waste involved,” said Communications Coordinator David Townsend, who organizes the competition. “Also, we felt it was time for the competition to make use of digital resources. Judge will be given the option of reading and reviewing the entries online for the first time. This also means we have the mechanism for ‘publishing’ more than one copy of the collected entries.”
Entries will be judged in age groups 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, and 19-plus by professional writers, editors, and educators. Winning entries will receive cash awards in each category and age group, $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third. Professionally bound volumes containing all entries in the competition will be placed in the library collection.
The Writers Competition was originally funded by a grant from the Hecla Mining Co., but in recent years has been supported by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club with additional funding and volunteer support from the Friends of the Library.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.