Youth Writing Contest

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It’s time for this year’s annual Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest!

Theme: “Kansas Places”
Describe a place that is unique to Kansas and explain its importance to the state of Kansas. A place could be a city, town, county, lake, river area, region (i.e., Flint Hills, northeast Kansas) or a building. Descriptions should include historical and/or present-day elements of the place.

Click here to view the theme, requirements, etc.

2016 Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest Winners:

District 1
Grades 3-5
1st Place: Elise Unruh, Hutchinson
2nd Place: Carissa Sohm, Rolla
District 1
Grades 6-8
1st Place: Hannah Loub, Manhattan
2nd Place: Shannon Bowker, Elkhart
District 1
Grades 9-12
1st Place: Anna Menhusen, Mankato
2nd Place: Alicia DeHaan, Salina
District 2
Grades 3-5
1st Place: Nadiya Al-Murrani, Topeka
2nd Place: Adelle Higbie, Overbrook
District 2
Grades 6-8
1st Place: Samantha Burton, Topeka
2nd Place: Allie Utley, Iola
District 2
Grades 9-12
1st Place: Geordan Shaffer, Topeka
2nd Place: Ahren Gann, Tonganoxie
District 3
Grades 3-5
1st Place: Maya Lozano
2nd Place: Sarah Olivia Hyde

District 3
Grades 6-8
1st Place: Emma Buhman-Wiggs
2nd Place: Isabelle Beagle
District 3
Grades 9-12
No entries.

District 4
Grades 3-5
1st Place: Ellie Ortiz
2nd Place: Kathryn Bruntz
District 4
Grades 6-8
1st Place: Sydnee Becker
2nd Place: Trey Smith
District 4
Grades 9-12
1st Place: Joanna Mugglin
2nd Place: Makenna Beesley

Click here to view the 2015 Writing Contest Book and read the winning essays for 2015! The 2016 essays and book will be released in September.

Children in grades 3-12 are eligible to enter to win CASH prizes! The contest runs from January through April 30 of each year. Entry guidelines will be posted at that time.