Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest

Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library and ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.

In partnership with The Arts Council of Westerville and Westerville Public Library, this contest is one of many events organized by the Arts Council to mark April as "Celebrate the Arts" month in Westerville. Entries were accepted through March 1, 2018.

2018 Finalists

Thank you to everyone who shared your writing as an entry in the 2018 Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest. The judges have selected the works by the following writers as this year's finalists.

  • K-2:   Kaia Edmunds, Davina Proudfit, Lydia L. Purdy, Lillian Ross
  • 3-5:   Mia Anderson, Ke'Juan Byrd, Daria Lesmerises, Keleasha Proudfit
  • 6-8:   Anna Deichert, Blessing Oduro, David Wenrich Stuckey, Katherine Zonner
  • 9-12:   Grace Klima, Owen Lewis, Sandro Mikelashvili, Natalie Shah
  • Adults:   Matthew Carlyle, Timothy Doyle, Hannah Haines, Luke Kubacki

The award placements will be announced on Sunday, April 22.

Published Works

As part of the contest, all entries have been included in a compilation book, professionally published by Lulu.com.  Beginning April 23, a limited supply will be available for $10. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, contact the Arts Council of Westerville.

In addition, a copy of the book will be available for checkout at the Westerville Public Library.

Awards Reception

  • Winners will be contacted the first week in April. 
  • Winners will receive their prizes and be invited to read from their work at a reception for family and friends. The Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, April 22 at the Westerville Public Library. Readings will be held at 2pm for Grades K-5 and 3pm for Grades 6-Adult.
  • 1st place finishers for each level will be published in the local community newspaper, the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion (print version) in April. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention entries will be published online. Note: Entries are subject to being excerpted due to content length.
  • All contest entries will be published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com and available for checkout at the library. Winners will receive a complimentary copy. The Arts Council reserves the right to exclude an entry from the Lulu book.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Tamara M.

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