Please note: submissions are now closed.
This summer, we'd love to hear about what you would invent to help your community or city. What would it do? Whom would it help? How would you build it? Tell us all about your idea—every exciting detail!
Who can enter?
All New Yorkers between the ages of 6 and 18 are encouraged to enter!
What could I win?
Prizes for this year’s Summer Writing Contest will be awarded to the winning entry in each of the following three categories:
- Children, aged 6–9: Kids First Coding and Robotics Kit
- Children, aged 10–12: Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Teens, aged 13–18: Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
How do I enter?
Write out your idea and send it to us along with your first and last name, age, phone number, and nearest New York Public Library branch library. You must include this information for your entry to be considered.
Send your entry and info to us by email no later than August 6: email@example.com
Or you can send it by mail, postmarked no later than August 6, to:
The New York Public Library
ATTN: Writing Contest / CHPRG
445 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Make sure to get a parent or guardian’s permission before entering!
Terms and conditions
No purchase or payment of money is necessary to enter or win. Limit of one entry per person. There will be 3 prizes awarded. No returns or substitutions. Winners will be notified by phone and/or email on or before September 17 and may be asked to sign and return a short affidavit to confirm eligibility and agreement to abide by these official rules. The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Available to all New York City residents. Sponsor, and its affiliates and their employees and families, are not eligible to enter. NYPL interns and volunteers are eligible to enter. Applicable taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Sponsor reserves the right at any time to cancel or modify this sweepstakes in whole or in part in the event of technical or other difficulties. By participating in this drawing, entrant agrees to be bound by these official rules. Prize will be awarded to alternate winner if prize notification cannot be made or is otherwise undeliverable.
Discover everything the Library has to offer you and your family this summer, including books, free online events, activities, our Virtual Summer Camp, and much more!
Major support provided by the New York Life Foundation, the 2021 city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading and Learning Programs.
Additional support is provided by HSBC Bank USA; The Rona Jaffe Foundation; WarnerMedia; New York Yankees Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; anonymous donors; and the continuing major support of the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences. © 2021 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.
Major support for educational programming is provided by Merryl H. and James S. Tisch.
Illustrations from You Matter and Another © Christian Robinson. Used by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Illustrations from Last Stop on Market Street © Christian Robinson. Used by permission of Penguin Random House LLC.
Special thanks to illustrator Christian Robinson for permission to feature artwork from You Matter (named one of NYPL’s 2020 Best Books for Kids!), Another, and Last Stop on Market Street. Learn more: theartoffun.com