Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest


The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest is held each year in the spring to recognize the creative writing talent of area students in grades 5-8. Students must submit an original work of fiction under 750 words that features a character from a book they have read on their own and enjoyed. Stories can expand on the original story's plot or take the characters on a new adventure, there are no limitations!

Each winner receives a cash prize and certificate, is recognized in a ceremony, and has their story published on the library website. The school libraries of each winning student are also recognized with a matching cash prize.

  • Stories must be submitted with an entry form to be considered. Complete all fields either online (preferred) or on a print form and submit with your story.
  • Students must be in 5th to 8th grade and live in Douglas or Sarpy counties.
  • Students may be enrolled in public, private, parochial or home school.
  • Stories must be typed and no longer than 750 words.
  • Entries must be original fiction featuring a character from a book you have enjoyed and read on your own. Identify the book and author from which your character originated in the title or subtitle of your story.
  • Only one entry per contestant will be accepted.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • All entries become the property of Friends of Omaha Public Library (FOPL) and may be featured by Omaha Public Library on its website or social media.
  • The deadline for 2024 entries is February 23, 2024. 

2023 Winners

The Friends of the Omaha Public Library honored the following 12 students in grades 5-8 for writing one of the top three entries for their grade levels the 2023 Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest. This year, 376 total submissions were submitted to the annual contest, making these students' wins all the more noteworthy!

Past Winners

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