Everybody Writes

Everybody Writes is a writing contest associated with Everybody Reads. The 2016 Everybody Reads book selection is Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks. Our theme, which relates to the book, is Sacred Places.

“A Western novel that is about so much more than the West” (Lily King). In Painted Horses, the canyon is a sacred place that gives rise to dichotomies: past versus progress, ancient versus modern, money versus love and sacred places…

Be inspired by Malcolm Brooks‘ national bestseller book and 2016 Everybody Reads! book selection, Painted Horses for this year’s contest. Let your imagination take flight with poetry, fiction and non-fiction submissions.

Describe a sacred place and its relevance in your life. How has it played a role in the formation of who you are?

How to enter:

  • Submissions begin July 1, 2016.
  • Write up to 800 words on the theme “Sacred Places”.
  • Send your entry via email to EverybodyWrites@aclib.org. In the subject line of your email please include your name, title of work, and word count. In the body of the email please include your name, school if you attend one, community you live in, and phone number.
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per person. Two MS Word documents should be attached separately to your email:
    • a biographical author statement (max 50 words).
    • your submission (max 800 words).*
  • Entries must be submitted by midnight on October 22, 2016.
  • Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are welcome.


First Place: Kindle Voyage
Second & Third Place: Amazon Gift Card


Everybody Reads! will post the top entries received at participating locations. Portions of an entry may be used rather than the whole. By submitting an entry, all writers grant permission to Everybody Reads to share their writing in Everybody Reads sponsored publications. Rights return to the author upon publication. Contest winners will be announced at Everybody Reads events.

Don’t miss Malcolm Brooks’ visit to the LC Valley and the Palouse, November 7-10, 2016.

Everybody Reads is a region-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. Organized by the Asotin County Library, Lewiston City Library, Prairie River Library District , Whitman County Library, WSU Libraries, Latah County Library District, Lewiston High School Library, Clarkston High School Library, Denny Ashby Memorial Library, Columbia County Library District, and our community partners, Confluence Press, Idaho Humanities Council, and local media and bookstores.