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Everybody Writes

Be inspired by Emily Ruskovich’s award-winning debut novel and 2018 Everybody Reads! book selection, Idaho for this year’s writing contest. Let your imagination take flight with poetry, fiction and non-fiction submissions. One entry per person, 800 words maximum. Send your entry via email to everybodywrites@aclib.org by midnight on October 20, 2018.

How to enter:

  • Write up to 800 words on the theme “Family, Forgiveness, Memory”.
  • 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 20, 2018.
  • Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are welcome.


First Place: $75 Amazon Gift Card
Second Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
Third Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card

Everybody Writes 2017 winners:

1st place:    The Storm by Gretchen Van Lith
2nd place:   Open Mic by Janet Richards
3rd place:    An Inner Childhood by Lois Malby Olmstead

Copies of the winning essays are available at participating libraries.


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.

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.