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Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

Do you dream of becoming a writer? Here is your chance to get published! Enter Upper Merion Township Library's 42nd Annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest.

2016 Contest Rules
  • All students in grades Kindergarten through Eighth are eligible to enter.
  • All entries MUST meet requirements in order to be judged. Please use this check list to make sure your entry has addressed each specific requirement:
    • Include a separate page listing Author's and Illustrator's Name, Grade, School, Address, Phone Number, Birth Date, and Book Title.
    • Books can be handwritten or typed, but must be the child's own work.
    • Grammar and spelling will not be judged.
    • Subject of the book must be appropriate for inclusion in our Children's Collection.
    • Handmade illustrations are preferred though computer images are permitted.
    • Each book must have an illustrated front cover for binding purposes.
    • Books must not measure more than 13 inches wide X 11 inches high in total size.
    • Each page must have a 1.5 inch margin on the binding edge of the page for binding purposes. Please set or pencil in margin on each page to use as a spacing guide.
  • Winners will be chosen in each grade and notified by phone on Monday, November 21, 2016.
  • Winning entries will be bound and added to the Upper Merion Township Library's book collection.  First place winners only will receive a bound copy of their book; (winners provides the copy).  Copies of all winning books must be returned to the library no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017 when they will be sent to the bindery.
  • All winners will receive a gift certificate.  If children have collaborated on a book, the prize awarded will be shared.
  • Two special awards: The Joane F. McNamara award for best story and the Susan Lomax award for best illustrations will be presented at the award ceremony. Winners of these two awards will each receive a $50.00 check and a $50.00 gift certificate. 
  • The contest award gift cards were made possible by a generous grant from the Upper Merion Township Board of Community Assistance.                    
  • All contestants are invited to the 2016 Awards Presentation where they can pick up their book and a certificate of recognition. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Freedom Hall (located in the Township Building across from the library) at 1:00 pm. Awards for the Summer Reading Art Contest will also be given out at this ceremony.
  • Authors not present at the ceremony who attend Upper Merion Public Schools will receive their books from their school librarian. All other books can be picked up in the Children's Department of the township library.
  • Deadline for entries: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by 9:00 p.m.

Click here to print a copy of the Write & Illustrate Contest rules.

2015 Winners
1st Place - Shourya Kancharla ~Chamelion
2nd Place - Natalie Ford ~ The Day in the Magical Woods
3rd Place - Samik Vysyaraju ~ The Pet Bug

First Grade
1st Place - Max Belmonte ~ The Library
2nd Place - Nagsai Kodali ~ Visit to an Apple Orchard
3rd Place - Dharunish Yugeswardeenoo ~ The Race
Honorable Mention (tie) - Nick Adams ~ Monsters at the Park
Honorable Mention (tie) - Daniel Stabinksi ~ The Mouse Got Lost

Second Grade
1st Place - Maria Butterworth ~ Kiki the Paper Doll
2nd Place - Kieran Lamey ~ Mysterious Jungle
3rd Place - Sohan Bingi ~ Escape from the Bear
Honorable Mention - Snehasudha Panda ~ The Pumpkin Jack and the Girl Named Sudha

Third Grade
1st Place - Sailor Abraham ~ Sailor, Roxy, the triceratops, Coco, the bullmastiff and Sadie, the bulldog go on a adventure! Part 3
2nd Place (tie) - Shamili Kochervu ~ Lizzie’s Cool Facts on What you Eat
2nd Place (tie) - Yasmin Estrada Ramirez
       Vennela Chittineni ~ The Three Unicorns and their Friend
3rd Place - Sam Belmonte ~ Matt’s Scuba Adventure
Honorable Mention - Meredith Zimmerman ~ The Feelings Around Us

Fourth Grade
1st Place - Megan Chaing ~ The Chosen One
2nd Place - Joy Lu ~ The Magical Friendship Necklace
3rd Place - Cooper Abraham ~ Tony, the Hawk Flies
Honorable Mention - Emma Pallante ~ The Storey of Elk Mountain and his Friends

Fifth Grade
1st Place - Sofia Lydecker ~ The Story of Eggwin
2nd Place - Nyrie Bouloutian ~ The Day I Traveled in Time
3rd Place - Devanshi Bhargava ~ The Mystery of the 3 Wonders

Sixth Grade
1st Place - Fiona McDaid ~ I Big Boy
2nd Place - Rose West ~ A Special Friendship
3rd Place - Meghan Galban ~ Reach for the Stars
Honorable Mention - Cady Legerton ~ The New Witch
    Kaiya Rang

Seventh Grade
1st Place - Sona Bardakjian ~ The Trouble with Frogs
2nd Place - Diya Das ~ Can a Ghost be loved?
3rd Place - Teni Jehanian ~ Justin’s Baby Brother
Honorable Mention - Kevork Zeibari ~ Chris’s Challenge

Eighth Grade
1st Place - Regan Cherelli ~ The Unknown
2nd Place - Alyssa Galban ~ The Buck Stops Here
3rd Place - Maha Krishnan ~ The Nocturnal Library
Honorable Mention - Hamma Chaudhry ~ Walls