Writing Contest

2021 Ruth Blank Venner and Mary Jane Blank McCormick

Oh Happy Day!

If you’re happy and you know it...tell us why. Share a story of what makes you happy. Recall a happy day or tell us how you make others happy.

Three ways to submit an entry:

Open to kindergarten through 12th grade. All submissions due by (W) Dec. 1, 2021.

The Ruth Blank Venner and Mary Jane Blank McCormick Youth Writing Contest is sponsored by the Library Legacy Foundation


To enter, your story must:

  • Be an original work, which comes solely from the student’s imagination
  • Include three parts: a beginning, middle, and end
  • Be 500 words maximum
  • Be hand-written or typed (12+ point font) and stapled with entry form
  • Winners must have parent/guardian permission to receive prizes
  • All submissions due by (W) Dec. 1, 2021.


Prizes awarded in each Grade Category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

All winners will receive a T-shirt and Journal along with these prizes:

  • 1st Place: Grades K-8--Nintendo Switch Lite, Grades 9-12 Pro Power Beats earphones
  • 2nd and 3rd Place: Soundcore Life Q20 Headphones
  • Honorable Mention (2 per category): T-shirt and Journal

Additional Details

Winners will be notified by telephone after Dec. 7.

Winning entries will be published on the Library's OverDrive website after Dec. 31 (with a guardian's permission).