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40th Annual Young Writers Contest

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all students, grades 5-12, who live and/or attend school in the Chappaqua School District




Middle School: First Prize: $100 - Second Prize: $50 - Third Prize: $25 - Honorable Mention: Certificates

High School: First Prize: $100 - Second Prize: $50 - Third Prize: $25 - Honorable Mention: Certificates

DEADLINE: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm. NO EXTENSIONS.


The competition will be judged by a panel of professional writers and publishers.

Criteria include: creativity, style, originality, and correct spelling and grammar.

Each entry must not exceed 2,500 words.

You may submit a maximum of one piece in each of the 3 categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry).

For multiple submissions, submit a new application for each entry.

These entries may be any of your work, including school assignments, as long as:

  •   it was written when you were in 5th grade or older
  •   you haven’t submitted it to this contest before
  •   it has not won awards in any other contest

Winners will be notified via email in the spring (late April/early May), with names and work posted on the Chappaqua Library website.

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Friends of the Chappaqua Library Board Members

President Katherine Whymark
Treasurer Sharon Chikota
Secretary Toni Kelly
Membership Diana Walker
Book Sale

Paul Zelnick   

Barbara Cardone

Marian Williams   

Young Writers Contest Rich Ma, Tom Post
Mail Fundraising Melanie Smith-Klein
Publicity Joan Sepler
Member-at-Large Wendy Nolan
Library Director Pamela Thornton

Mission of the Friends

" encourage, receive and administer gifts for... special items or projects not covered in the library's operating budget... and to support the library in developing its services and facilities..."

The Friends meet 10 times a year to plan programs, prepare for the annual book sale and investigate sources of funding. Meetings are held in the Chappaqua Library, and open to the public.



Membership is open to anyone over age 18, regardless of where you live. Annual membership starts at $30, and we happily accept more! Remember, we rely on annual membership renewals, meaning you pay every year (which makes up 50% of our total fundraising efforts). Members are entitled to a special preview of books the evening before the annual book sale.

Annual Book Sale:

Stay tuned for Book Sale 2020!
2018 Book Sale: $17,900 + $5,248 (342 items directly sent to Library)
2017 Book Sale: $18,100

2018 Young Writers Winners and Honorable Mentions



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