**MAR 2024 UPDATE: Judging continues, thank you for your patience**

Thank you to our judges who continue to work through the hundreds of submissions the library received for SPL's Centennial Anthology contest. They continue to be moved and impressed reading and seeing what our community and library mean to you. The original judging and publishing timeline has been slowed due to the contest extension earlier in the year and the incredible number of submissions we received in response. Our judges are hard at work so that we can notify winners as soon as possible. The library still plans to hold a celebration later in the year to recognize winners and all those published and distribute copies of the anthology. 

Thank you for your patience as we work through the detailed process of judging and publishing!


**FEB 2024 UPDATE: Judging in progress, hundreds of incredible submissions**

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for our Centennial Anthology Writing & Art Contest celebrating 100 years of Southwest Public Libraries. We received over 250 incredible entries and are currently in the organizing and judging process. Authors and artists will be notified in spring 2024, via phone or email, whether their work has been selected for publication or selected as a prize winner. 

There will be a special celebration later in 2024 to celebrate all the artists and writers published as well as to recognize the contest winners. All those whose work is published in the anthology will receive one free copy of the anthology itself. Please stay tuned for more details. 

Many thanks to our generous sponsors Friends of Southwest Public Libraries and Women's Civic Club of Grove City for making this contest possible. 



**Submissions open. Deadline extended to January 31, 2024**

Centennial Anthology Writing and Art Contest | $500 Grand Prizes

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a writing or art piece to our Centennial Anthology Writing and Art Contest celebrating life, the people, and the places within our community. We have received many wonderful submissions, and due to continued interest and feedback, we have extended the deadline for submissions to January 31, 2024.

Contest rules remain the same. See full contest details below.


Centennial Anthology Writing and Art Contest with $500 Grand Prizes

Celebrating 100 years of Southwest Public Libraries

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Help us celebrate the 100th birthday of Southwest Public Libraries with a special Centennial Anthology Writing and Art Contest. Open to adults and youth ages 10 & up who live, work, or go to school in SPL's service area (SWCSD) or who use SPL as their primary library.
Now accepting digital submissions through 1/31/24. Submit works digitally via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

WHO: Open to youth (ages 10 and up) & adults who live, work, or go to school in SWCSD or who use SPL as their primary library.

WHAT: Contest. Accepting digital submissions of written works or works of visual art relating to life in the SWCSD community (present or past) to be judged and published in a print centennial anthology. Cash prizes for best in each age group, plus two $500 grand prizes, one for best in writing and one for best in art. Works will be judged blindly, and all whose work is selected for publication will receive a free copy of the book once printed. 

Contest categories:

  • Short Story
  • Poetry
  • Essay
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Photograph
  • Electronic image of visual art in any medium that permits 2-D representation (For example, a sculpture photographed from multiple angles could be represented, but a performance piece probably cannot.)

WHEN: Digital submissions open NOW through Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

WHY: To celebrate and commemorate life and the people and places that make our community special.

HOW: Please read contest and submission rules below and send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, January 31, 2024.


Our anniversary has loomed large in my thoughts this year, as you may imagine. It has often been brought to my attention that we do not know much about the people who decided to bring this public library into existence, to get it on the ballot and ask the community to vote YES.

I wish we knew more about them, their motivations, their daily lives, what they daydreamed about and thought was important, what it is that the library and reading meant to them and their families. 100 years of reading later, I find myself so curious about them. Did they know how their decisions would reverberate through the generations? Did they understand or even imagine how many people would be impacted for the good by their choices in the moment? Did they grasp what a valuable storehouse of knowledge and resources they were launching for the future?

I’m fortunate, because in hindsight, I know what a difference they made. I see it every day in our libraries. Every single day, libraries change lives.

It is my hope that this anthology will showcase the creativity, talents and skills of the people we serve at Southwest Public Libraries so that 100 years from now, in 2123, the library will be able to share with the people they serve a glimpse into our everyday lives, our motivations, what we daydream about and think is important. I want them to see what the library and reading mean to us in 2023.

On behalf of the library, I invite you to share just a little bit about us, our community, our creativity, and our times.

Warmly, 

Meredith E. Wickham, Director, Southwest Public Libraries

 

About SPL’s Centennial Anthology

For many years, Southwest Public Libraries held the Summer Scribbles contest for young writers, led and organized by Board Trustee Janet Shailer. This year SPL is rebooting and expanding the contest in a special edition of Centennial Scribbles to include writers and artists ages 10 and up. This special edition includes visual art for the first time and offers a range of cash prizes, including two $500 grand prizes, one for writing and one for art.

As a celebration of SPL’s 100th birthday, works will be judged in a blind judging process for prize winners and selections to be be published in a print Centennial Anthology to represent the our community. Once published, the anthology will be added to the library’s collection and will be available for checkout. The library will also keep copies, including a digital copy, for posterity. Thanks to generous donations by the Women’s Civic Club of Grove City and the Friends of Southwest Public Libraries, each person whose creative work is published in the anthology will receive a free copy of the book.

Extra copies may be available to purchase in the Friends’ Book Shop. There will be a special celebration in Spring of 2024 to celebrate all the artists and writers published as well as to recognize the contest winners.


ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION & CONTEST RULES

  1. Contestants may enter up to three original works in each category below. Works must be submitted in digital format via email. The library cannot accept physical works of art. Categories for the Centennial Anthology are:
    • Short Story
    • Poetry
    • Essay
    • Creative Nonfiction
    • Photograph
    • Electronic image of visual art in any medium that permits 2-D representation (For example, a sculpture photographed from multiple angles could be represented, but a performance piece probably cannot.)
  1. All judges and Southwest Public Libraries employees are ineligible to win the cash prizes but may submit work for publication in the anthology.
  2. Persons who submit for publication or entry into the contest must live, work, or go to school within the borders of the service territory of the library (the South-western City School District) or use SPL as their primary library in order to be published in the anthology or win a prize.
  3. Work published previously in any copyrighted newspaper, magazine, book or other medium is ineligible.
  4. All entries must be made by email. The following information must be written in the email: Name of Author, Phone Number, Birth Date, Zip Code, and Title of entry. Do NOT write it on the work, write it in the accompanying email — judging will be blind.
  5. Each entry should be sent in a separate email.
  6. Submissions without a date of birth will be automatically judged as adult work.
  7. Submissions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than midnight on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
  8. No submissions will be returned.
  9. Authors and artists will be notified in early 2024 whether their work has been selected for publication. Winners also will be informed via phone or email.
  10. All those whose work is published in the anthology will receive one free copy of the anthology itself. There will be a public event at the library in Spring of 2024 to celebrate the publication at which copies will be distributed and winners will be recognized.
  11. All contestants agree upon entering that their submissions may be published in the Centennial Anthology. Those whose work is accepted will then be asked to sign a release granting limited rights to publication.
  12. Independent judges will decide on inclusion for publication in the anthology as well as prize winners in each category. The decisions of the judges are final.
  13. Judges reserve the right to give additional “Honorable Mention” prizes.
  14. Submission indicates acceptance of all contest rules.

Prizes

  • $50 for Best submission by a writer aged 10 - 13
  • $50 for Best submission by a writer aged 14 - 17
  • $50 for Best submission by a writer aged 18+
  • $50 for Best submission by an artist aged 10 - 13
  • $50 for Best submission by an artist aged 14 - 17
  • $50 for Best submission by an artist aged 18+
  • $500 for Best Writing (any age, any category)
  • $500 for Best Artwork (any age, any medium)

 

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