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2017 Writing Contest and Illustration Exhibition Information:

For the past nine years the Bozeman Public Library has been celebrating children’s
literature and early literacy through our one-day Children’s Festival of the Book (CFOB), sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library Foundation. On Saturday, November 4, 2017, we will welcome New York Times best selling author/illustrators Grace Lin, Jarrett Krosoczka and Bozeman author Kent Davis.

For the lasPen and Inkt several years  the Children’s Festival of the Book and the Country Bookshelf  have also sponsored a Children’s and Teens’ Writing Contest, for youth ages 7 to 18, and we plan to make this a traditional part of the CFOB.

This year’s writing contest will seek submissions about a character you have created who is not like you!   See the entry from for more information on developing this character.  We’ll welcome entries in fiction and poetry up to October 13, 2017. Winners will have their entries posted on this website for public viewing, be recognized during the 2017 Children’s Festival of the Book, and receive prizes from local business sponsors!

 The entry form is now available and can be accessed below. The form contains explicit details about the contest including the prompt and submission expectations, and all submissions must be accompanied by a completed form. Typed double-spaced page limits are: grades 2-5, up to 2 pages; grades 6-8, up to 5 pages; grades 9-12, up to 8 pages.

Click here to access the CFOB 2017 Writing Contest entry form!  

Children’s Festival of the Book also sponsors an Illustration Exhibition, for children and teens ages 8 – 18. We seek submissions of your own creation, original art depicting a character who is not like you!  You ask that you depict this character at least three different ways (see entry form for more information.) Young artists may use any 2-D medium they like: crayons! pencils! markers! collage! water paint! pastels! Computer aided! You get the idea… Entries are due October 13, 2017.  All entries must have the artist’s name and grade on the back.  Exhibitors’ characters will be displayed at the Bozeman Public Library during the 2017 Children’s Festival of the Book on November 4, 2017.

Click here to access the CFOB 2017 Illustration Contest entry form!  WaterColorImage


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