A Book That Shaped Me National Writing Contest

Written by Regina Fried on . Posted in All, Announcements

The Library of Congress has launched its annual summer writing contest, “A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature.” This essay contest encourages students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.

Who Can Participate?

Students who will be entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2017 are eligible to participate.

How to Enter

Write a short letter to your local librarian about a book that has had a personal impact on your life.

Think about a book that made a difference in your life – it can be fiction or nonfiction. 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? Write about how the book had a personal impact on your life.

  • Write a one-page letter.
  • Use examples from the book to make your points.
  • Your letter will be judged on content, structure, and creativity.
  • Your letter may be typed or handwritten.

Contest Dates

The contest runs from May 3 to July 8, 2017. Submit your letter in-person by Saturday, July 8 to any of the 18 libraries in the Bucks County Library System, using the required submission form.


“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 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 2 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.