4th Grade Essay Contest

Young Student Writing

Each year, the Altamonte Springs City Library hosts an essay contest for 4th graders in Central Florida. The contest gives students the opportunity to polish their writing skills and encourages creative thinking. What makes this contest special is that all qualifying entries are showcased in a published book giving young writers the thrill of seeing their work in print. From these entries, the top three essays are chosen.

2018 Writing Prompt

Friendship is a beautiful thing. Friends provide us with laughter, joy and comfort. Write an essay about your friends. How did you meet? Do you go to school together? Do you share any common interests? How do you have fun with your friends? What do you like to talk about? Tell us why your friends are special and how they make you feel.

Contest Rules

  • Writers must be 4th grade students living in Central Florida during the 2018/2019 school year.
  • The essay must be 300 to 500 words and double spaced.
  • Entries are judged based on originality of ideas and demonstration of writing skills appropriate for the grade level of the student. Language, characters and setting should be appropriate for a library audience.
  • All entries submitted become the property of the Altamonte Springs City Library. The published book is available for checkout from the library. Additional copies are available for purchase online.
  • The library reserves the right to edit any inappropriate content, correct grammatical errors and modify punctuation.
  • All essays are checked for originality and plagiarism. Entries are not returned.

How to Enter

Electronic submissions are preferred. Entries must include the following information:

  • Student name, address and phone
  • School name, address and phone
  • A brief biography (25 words) of the student writer

Typed manuscripts are accepted if an electronic format is not possible. If requested, an electronic copy of the essay can be provided upon receipt of a valid email address.

Teachers can do bulk submissions, as long as each entry includes the appropriate information. The contest can be used as a class writing exercise. It is recommended that teachers/parents help with editing the students’ work.

Email entries to the library
Subject Line: 2018 4th Grade Essay Contest - Student Name

Deadline

Essays must be delivered to the Altamonte Springs City Library by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. Judges will select the winners and award prizes in December before school breaks for the holidays.

Awards

First Place (Grand Prize)

  • $100 gift certificate to a local bookstore
  • $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant
  • A bound edition of all essays

Second Place

  • $75 gift certificate to a local bookstore
  • $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant
  • A bound edition of all essays

Third Place

  • $50 gift certificate to a local bookstore
  • $15 gift certificate to a local restaurant
  • A bound edition of all essays