WRITING CONTEST

ESSAY CONTEST THEME: “Coming of Age” or “A Time I Felt Grown Up”

In Lab Girl, the girl who played under and on the chemical benches in her father’s lab becomes a scientist herself, dealing with endless struggles over funding, recognition and university politics. She also finds parallels to her struggles in the plant kingdom, and describes them in beautiful prose.

Your challenge is to write an essay about an experience you had overcoming struggles when coming of age or—especially for our student contestants—a time you felt grown up. There is no minimum length requirement, but essays may be no longer than 1,000 words.

This contest is open to Wauwatosa residents and students who attend a Wauwatosa public or private school. Prizes will be given to winners in four categories:

Grades 3-5 Prizes: First – $30, Second – $20
Grades 6-8 Prizes: First – $50, Second – $30
Grades 9-12 Prizes: First – $75, Second – $40
Adult (18+) Prizes: First – $100, Second – $60

ENTRIES ARE DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018

Email your essay and entry form to Info@TosasAllCityRead.com
or mail it to 6650 W. State Street, Box 140, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Download the entry form here: TACR-writing contest flyer 2018

VISUAL ARTS CONTEST

Your entry should be inspired by this year’s book selection for readers age 13 and above:

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Please create an original visual response to the themes in the story. You may use any medium including, but not limited to, paint, pen and ink, pencil, pastel, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, printmaking or digital media. Winning pieces will be displayed, so two-dimensional entries must be framed or matted. Digital art must be printed. Otherwise, there are no limits to size or shape of visual submissions.
Your response should be your own creation and not a retelling of the story. It should incorporate at least one of the following themes and/or plot elements:

• Trees and plants          • Playing in the dirt           • Friendship          • A road trip
• Perseverance               • An eccentric friend        • Growth
• An invention                 • Adaptation                      • A wise teacher

Finished pieces may be dropped off at the Reference Desk (upstairs) at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Avenue, between January 20 and January 26, 2018. Please make sure that your name is written clearly on the back of your piece.

Please contact Nancy Hall at 414-559-3335 or nancyhallatr@gmail.com with questions.

This contest is open to Wauwatosa residents and students who attend a Wauwatosa public or private school. Prizes will be given to winners in four categories:

Grades 3-5 Prizes: First – $30, Second – $20
Grades 6-8 Prizes: First – $50, Second – $30
Grades 9-12 Prizes: First – $75, Second – $40
Adult (18+) Prizes: First – $100, Second – $60

Download the entry form here: Visual Arts Competiton Entry Form 2018