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 Winners

Category: Grades K-2

1st Place: Bailey’s Adventures by Lillian Ross
2nd Place: The Shark and the Three Little Fish by Davina Proudfit
3rd Place: The Snowman by Kaia Edmunds
Honorable Mention: Dance by Lydia L. Purdy

Category: Grades 3-5

1st Place: Stuck in the Art by Mia Anderson
2nd Place: The Prehistoric Story of the Three Little Mammoths and the Big, Bad T Rex by by Keleasha Proudfit
3rd Place: Why I Can’t Do My Writing Contest Entry by Daria Lesmerises
Honorable Mention: The Special Rock by Ke’Juan Byrd

Category: Grades 6-8

1st Place: Paint the Sky by Anna Deichert
2nd Place: Home Sweet Home? by David Wenrich Stuckey
3rd Place: Adventure Awaits by Katherine Zonner
Honorable Mention: You’re Not Alone by Blessing Oduro

Category: Grades 9-12

1st Place: Stars, Stars, and More Stars: A Moment in Nature by Owen Lewis
2nd Place: Sleepless Nights by Grace Klima
3rd Place: Death is Mercy, Love is Not by Natalie Shah
Honorable Mention: TIODNACI by Sandro Mikelashvili

Category: Adults

1st Place: Tokens by Matthew Carlyle
2nd Place: The Waterer by Timothy J. Doyle
3rd Place: Excerpts from Um Americano Português by Hannah Haines
Honorable Mention: The Tube by Luke Kubacki

Awards Reception & Published Works

  • 1st place finishers for each level will be published in the local community newspaper, the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion (print version) in May. 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 are published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com. A copy of the book can be borrowed from the library. Reserve now.

Contact Information

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