Writing Contest

Overnight in the Library

What if you could stay in the Library all night long? What would you see? What would you do? What would you explore? How would you feel?

This year's Ruth Blank Venner and Mary Jane Blank McCormick Writing Contest entrants told us about what their overnight Library adventures would be like.

The Library's writing contest is supported by the Library Legacy Foundation.

Read the Winning Essays


Grades K - 2
1st Place: Elise Claire Daniels
2nd Place: Alex Fatzinger
3rd Place: Ella Ryan Toth  

Grades 3 - 5
1st Place: Lydia Snyder
2nd Place: Brayden Stuard
3rd Place: Savannah Naujock  

Grades 6 - 8
1st Place: Erynn Moloney
2nd Place: Alice Park
3rd Place: Titus Angel  

Grades 9 - 12
1st Place: Terri Draper
2nd Place: Emma Morgenstern
3rd Place: Cassandra Arvay  

Honorable Mentions
Anna Altman, Donnella Pauline Brown, Ian Brown, Kevin Chou, Lauren DeRaedt, Reihana Djema, Jane Eby, Gabriel Foster, Emelia Goetz, Emerson Harman, Lucy Knaggs, Mariah Lorenzen, Dan Maza, Kendall Jo Mehl, Caylin Plaisance, Bart Reamer, Lanie Reece, Paris Robinson, Landon Rodriguez, Alba Rollins, Kailyn Simmons, Laura Valette, Alex Williams and Megan Wolff

Read the Winning Essays

contest information


To enter, your story must:

  • Be your original work, which comes solely from your imagination
  • Should include three parts: a beginning, middle and end
  • Be 500 words or less
  • Be stapled and handwritten or typed
  • Be turned in to any TLCPL location with a completed entry form (also available at any of our locations) no later than March 31

Grade Categories

Participants will be entered by grade in one of the following categories:

  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12


The following prizes will be awarded in each grade category. Winning stories will be posted on this page after April 23, 2018 (with a guardian's permission):

1st Place = $200
2nd Place = $100
3rd Place = $50
Honorable Mention = $25