A Book That Shaped Me Contest Now Open

Written by Regina Fried on . Posted in All, Announcements

btsm-blogStudents who will be entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2018 can enter the Library of Congress’ annual summer writing contest, “A Book That Shaped Me”. This summer writing contest encourages students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.

How to Enter

Write a short essay on a book that has had a personal impact on your life.

Books have the power to shape us by changing the ways we think and feel. Think about a book that made a difference in your life. It could be your favorite book, one that you read at school or as part of this year’s summer reading program. How did it make you feel? Did it change the way you see yourself, your family or the world? Choose one book – it can be fiction or nonfiction – and write a short essay about how it had a personal impact on your life.

  • Use examples from the book to make your points.
  • Your essay will be judged on content, structure (spelling and grammar), and creativity.
  • Your essay may be typed or handwritten.

Contest Dates

The contest runs from May 1 to July 7, 2018. Submit your essay in-person by Saturday, July 7 to any of the 18 libraries in the Bucks County Library System, using the required submission form, which you will find online here.


“A Book That Shaped Me” will award prizes to thirty State Finalists, six State Winners, and three overall Grand Prize Winners. State Finalists, State Winners, and Grand Prize Winners will be honored during a presentation at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit A Book That Shaped Me website.

Need Writing Help?

Get expert writing assistance from the Writing Lab at Brainfuse. Access this free online resource with your library card.