This Year's Writing Challenge

This summer at the Library, we’re going on a journey of discovery. Tell us about a journey, trip, voyage, or quest from real life or your imagination. What adventures happen along the way? What do the characters in the story discover? 

Choose one of these three ways to tell us about your exciting journeys!

  • Draw a comic strip.
  • Write a story from your imagination.
  • Write a story based on facts. Check out some nonfiction books for inspiration or ask a librarian to help you search online!

We welcome entries in English, español, 中文, বাংলা, Русский, or العَرَبِية.

Download our flyer to share info about the writing contest in your community in Englishespañol中文বাংলাРусский, or العَرَبِية.

Who Can Enter?

All kids aged 6–12 who live or go to school in New York City are eligible to enter.

What Could I Win?

A winner in each contest category (comic strip, story, or report) will receive a Writer’s Dream Kit. Two additional entries in each category will be awarded honorable mentions and their creators will also receive a prize. 

How Do I Enter?

Send your entry to us along with your first and last name, age, phone number and/or email address, and nearest New York Public Library branch. You must include this information for your entry to be considered. Make sure to get a parent or guardian’s permission before entering!

There are two ways to submit your entries:

  1. Send us your entry by email no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, August 2, to:, or 
  2. Mail us your entry, postmarked no later than August 2, to:

    The New York Public Library
    ATTN: Writing Contest/CHPRG
    11 West 40th Street, Room 100M
    New York, NY 10018

Summer Writing Contest Ice Cream Party: You’re Invited!

Everyone who enters the writing contest will be invited to our ice cream party on Saturday, August 24! This special event for kids will include an ice cream sundae bar (dairy-free options available), Yankees ticket raffle, activities and games, a special tour of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures, and the announcement of this year’s writing contest winners!

Terms and Conditions

NYPL’s annual writing contest is open to residents of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, or Queens) and entrants must be between 6 and 12 years of age as of the date of entry. The contest opens on Monday, June 3, 2024, and submissions are accepted through midnight on Friday, August 2, 2024. Read the full terms and conditions.