Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Julie Meier Writers Competition Marks Its 30th Year

As the Julie Meier Writers Competition marks its 30th year, it begins its second year under a new name, a new set of rules, and the elimination of entry fees.
The library is again partnering with Idaho Public Television to encourage young writers to participate in the PBS Kids Writers Contest.
The PBS contest is for children in kindergarten through third grade. The rules for the library’s Writers Competition were changed last year to reflect the grade level of participants younger than 19 in order to better fit the PBS contest rules.
It’s recommended that families who are interested in participating in both contests first create an entry complying with the IPTV rules by going to, where they can register online. To submit the entry in the library contest they will then need to fill out the local registration form and create a title page for the Coeur d’Alene library competition.
Copies of the new rules and entry forms will be available at the library beginning Jan. 31 and will also be available online at the Writers Competition link at A newly updated guide to creating an entry can also be found at this site. Forms can also be requested by email to and can be requested by mail.
Entries need to be mailed or delivered to the library no later than Sunday, March 31.
The biggest change in the writers competition was the elimination of entry fees, which previously were $1 for entries in age groups 6-12, and $2 for entries in other age groups.
The age groups for the competition are Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Adult – ages 19 and older. Homeschooling families can determine the age group that best suits their children.
As last year, one entry per participant will be accepted for the competition. Entries can be fiction or nonfiction up to 2,000 words and participants need only submit one clean copy along with their registration form.
The rules have also been simplified in terms of how the entries can be formatted – how they appear on the page.
Despite the changes, participants are encouraged to read through the rules and make sure they are understood before they begin writing. It’s especially important that adults who are organizing classes or other groups of children to submit entries make sure they read and understand the entry requirements.

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