News & Events - Writing Contests

2015 Rules & Entry Form

This years topic:

Who is your hero and why?
Is your hero real or imaginary?

Put on your thinking (or imagination) hat – all ideas are welcome.  Write on!

Shenker Contest Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline- 5 PM, Saturday, October 10, 2015
  • Literary Tea - 7 PM, Thursday, December 10, 2015

All elementary and middle school students who live in or attend school in Middletown are eligible to enter. Judges will award prizes for the best entry written in the current school year by students in Grades   1-8.  It may be a short story, essay or poem.  Winners in each grade receive a gift certificate to The Book Bower in Main Street Market:   

First Place winners receive a $50.00 certificate,
Second Place winners a $25.00 certificate, and
Third Place winners a $10.00 certificate. 

Judging will be based solely on the merits of the entries.  All writers are invited to the Shenker Contest Literary Tea for the awards presentation. 

Bound copies of the winning entries are available to check out at the library.

About The Edna and Benjamin Shenker Creative Writing Contest

Russell Library sponsors the Edna and Benjamin Shenker Creative Writing Contest annually. The contest is held in memory of Mrs. Shenker who was an avid reader and library user, and Dr. Shenker, a wonderful supporter of the library. Young writers are encouraged to write a short story or poem on a theme that changes each year.

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