NAPPANEE - The Nappanee Public Library is hosting a creative writing contest for people in the Wa-Nee school district.

The contest is open from April 1-21. There are four categories, each with their own prompt. Write anything for this contest: an essay, a short story, a poem. Just follow the prompt and be creative. Visit for more information.

Eligibility: Open to any resident or student (grades 3 and up) in the Wa-Nee School District.

Deadline: Entries will be accepted April 1-21. Only original materials may be entered. Entries can be submitted online, dropped off or emailed to

Judging: Entries will be judged anonymously on the set criteria of each category. Judges will include NPL staff, sponsors and community volunteers.  

Awards: Winners will be notified May 1. First-place winners will receive a cash prize. Second-place winners will receive a $20 gift card. Winning entries may be on display at the library and shared online.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Bella's Books & Curiosities, Main Street Roasters, Nappanee Kiwanis, Kountry Cabinets and The Friends of the Nappanee Public Library.

Contest Categories: Upper Elementary (grades 3-5): For the First Time | $100 PRIZE (up to 500 words) First day of school, first win, first writing contest ... Write about the first time you did something new and exciting.

Middle School (grades 6 - 8): Trying Something New | $150 prize (up to 750 words) Write about something that is new-to-you. For example - a new friend, a new skill or a new experience.

High School (Grades 9 - 12): The Future | $175 prize (up to 1,000 words) Write about the future. It can be about your own future, someone else's or anything you see coming soon.

Adult Contest (age 18 and older): 100 Word Challenge | $200 prize (up to 100 words) Write a very short piece of prose, poetry, anything else… but it has to be 100 words or fewer. The piece can be about anything you like, just be creative.