Julie Meier Writers Competition Begins Jan. 31

The Julie Meier Writers Competition begins its 31th year at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Jan. 31.
Copies of the rules and entry forms will be available at the main library and the Lake City Public Library in the high school on Ramsey Road and are also available online at the Writers Competition link at www.cdalibrary.org/events. An updated guide to creating an entry can also be found at this site. Forms can also be requested by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and can be requested by postal mail.
Entries need to be returned to the library no later than Tuesday, March 31.
There is no longer an entry fee for the competition, but unlike previous years participants may only submit a single entry – either in the fiction or nonfiction categories – of up to 2,000 words. No entry is too short. Only one clean copy of an entry needs to be submitted.
The age groups for the competition are Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Adult – ages 19 and older. Homeschooling families can determine the age group that best suits their children.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each age group and category, $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third.
The library is again partnering with Idaho Public Television to encourage young writers to participate in the PBS Kids Writers Contest. The PBS contest is for children in kindergarten through third grade.
It’s recommended that families who are interested in participating in both contests first create an entry complying with the IPTV rules by going to www.idahoptv.org/writerscontest, where they can register online. To submit the entry in the library contest they will then need to fill out the local registration form and create a title page for the Coeur d’Alene competition.
The entries will be judged by authors, reporters, editors, and educators. All entries in the competition will be professionally bound in books that will be added to the library’s collection.
Participants are encouraged to read through the rules and make sure they are understood before they begin writing. It’s especially important that adults who are organizing classes or other groups to submit entries make sure they read and understand the entry requirements.
For more information about the Writers Competition contact Communications Coordinator David Townsend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 208-769-2315.