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Shenker Contest Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline- 5 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014
  • Literary Tea - 7 PM, Thursday, May 29, 2014

This years topic: "I was floating in the sea when..."

What happened when you were floating in the sea?
What did you see, hear, smell, and/or feel?


Put on your thinking (or imagination) hat – all ideas are welcome.  Write on!

About The Edna and Benjamin Shenker Creative Writing Contest

Russell Library sponsors the Edna and Benjamin Shenker Creative Writing Contest annually. The contest is held in memory of Mrs. Shenker who was an avid reader and library user, and Dr. Shenker, a wonderful supporter of the library. Young writers are encouraged to write a short story or poem on a theme that changes each year.

All elementary and middle school students who live in or attend school in Middletown are eligible to enter. Judges will award prizes for the best entry written in the current school year by students in Grades   1-8.  It may be a short story, essay or poem.  Winners in each grade receive a gift certificate to The Book Bower in Main Street Market:   

First Place winners receive a $50.00 certificate,
Second Place winners a $25.00 certificate, and
Third Place winners a $10.00 certificate. 

Judging will be based solely on the merits of the entries.  All writers are invited to the Shenker Contest Literary Tea for the awards presentation. 

Bound copies of the winning entries are available to check out at the library.

Previous Years Winners

2014 Rules & Entry Form

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