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Easy Picture Book Contest 2021

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Easy Picture Book Contest 2021

Did easy picture books make an impact on your childhood? Do you love writing and illustrating stories? Is there a message you'd like to share with young readers? WCFL is reintroducing this annual contest to give you the opportunity to share your work with the community! 


Rules for Entry

This contest includes four categories: grades 4-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, and adult.

  • Entrants must be a resident of Washington County, MD or have a valid Washington County Free Library card.
  • Only one entry per person accepted. All text and illustrations in the book entries must be original work and may be on any topic. All entries must include author and illustrator name, category, address, phone number, and email if available. Books will be judged based on the age of the oldest person on the team.
  • There will be one winner chosen for each category. This winner will receive a hardbound edition of their book. The library also recognizes second and third place honorable mentions.
  • Winners will be honored by the Fletcher Branch Library in Hagerstown during Children’s Book Week in May. The winning books will be read aloud.  

Entries may be submitted between January 2 and March 15, 2021 to any library branch throughout the county or they may be mailed to: 
Easy Picture Book Contest
Attn: Jeff Ridgeway
Washington County Free Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than Mar. 15, 2021 Please include a self addressed/stamped envelope if you want your original work returned. 


Call Jeff Ridgeway in the Fletcher Branch Library Children's Department at 301-739-3250 ext. 250 with any questions.