34th Annual Julie Meier Writer’s Competition

Submission January 31 – March 31

The Writer’s Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is one of the oldest and most prestigious contests of its kind in the Inland Northwest. In 1987, Library Director Julie Meier perceived the need to discover and recognize talented writers in our regional community and to challenge young people and adults to take an interest in writing and to hone their skills. Another goal of the Writer’s Competition is to reveal great authors living in our midst.

Cash Prizes

To add a tangible reward to the honor of winning the competition, Hecla Mining Company agreed to fund cash prizes for the winning entries for the first contest in 1988. Hecla continued to fund the prizes through 2001. Beginning with the 2002 competition cash prizes were funded by a grant from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club. Prizes have been funded by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library for several years. The prizes are as follows: First – $100, Second – $50, Third – $25 for fiction and non-fiction in each age category. In case of ties, full duplicate prizes will be awarded

Volunteer Opportunity

The Writer’s Competition is judged by a group of volunteers composed of professional writers and editors working in North Idaho and Spokane. If you feel you are qualified to act as a judge, please contact Communications Coordinator JD Smithson here: [email protected].


Official Writers Competition entry forms and rules are available beginning January 31 each year. Forms can be picked up at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library or online here: cdalibrary.org/events/writers-competition beginning January 31. Requests for mailed forms must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Entries must normally be returned to the Library by March 31.

Find the entry form and all rules and guidelines here: https://cdalibrary.org/events/writers-competition/

The event is finished.


Jan 31 2023 - Mar 31 2023