Library’s art and writing contest returns to Pierce County | Pierce County Library System

Pierce County teens are encouraged to express themselves through writing, painting, drawing and more for the annual Our Own Expressions competition, hosted by the Pierce County Library System.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:30am
  • LifeNews

Teenagers throughout Pierce County are invited to show their creative talents in Pierce County Library System’s Teen Writing & Art Contest – Our Own Expressions, which runs Thursday, Jan. 18 through Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

“We are always blown away by the talent these young people possess,” said Georgia Lomax, executive director of Pierce County Library System. “The teenagers’ works are detailed, moving and creative. These young artists are clearly passionate, and we hope the teens find enjoyment in their creations.”

Teenagers in seventh through 12th grades, who live in or attend school in Pierce County, may enter the contest, individually or as a team. Participation in the contest is free. Students may submit in one or all four categories: poetry, short story, photography or drawing.

Starting Jan. 18, Teens may get entry forms and enter the contest at any Pierce County Library or online at Entries may be submitted online or by mail to Pierce County Library System, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98446-2215.

Local writers will judge the writing entries on the basis of originality, style, general presentation, grammar, spelling and evidence of skill appropriate for the writer’s age. Local artists will judge art entries on the basis of composition, evidence of skill commensurate with the age of the artist, creativity, and effective use of media.

The Library System will publish all of the winning entries in books and distribute them throughout Pierce County Libraries and to the winning students’ schools. Pierce County Library Foundation will award cash prizes of $50 to $100 in three age groups: seventh and eighth grade, ninth and 10th grade, and 11th and 12th grade; and in four categories: poetry, short story, photography and drawing.

Contest winners will feature their work in an awards ceremony at Pacific Lutheran University at 12180 Park Ave. S. in Tacoma on Wednesday, May 30. In 2017 students submitted nearly 1,000 entries in the Our Own Expressions contest.

Thank you to Pierce County Library Foundation for sponsoring the contest.

More in News

County planning to finish Enumclaw trail, build bridge over White River

$2.8 million was allotted in the state legislature’s capital budget this year to jumpstart the project, which is expected to be compete between 2020 and 2021.

Despite the threat of rain and wind, hundreds turned out at Allan Yorke Park and lit candles in memory of the deceased. Photo by Ray Still
Plateau community honors two who died in avalanche

Hundreds of friends and family members attended the police procession and candlelight vigil last week for James Larsen and Zach Roundtree.

Local skater gearing up for Worlds, next Winter Olympics

Corinne Stoddard is expected to make it big in the world inline speed skating championship games later this summer.

Double murder in Buckley leads to Tumwater shootout with police

The suspect has been arrested and is expected to be charged with murder in the first degree.

Podcast, scholarship created in memory of two sons

The Babst Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Garrett and J.T. Babst, will go to an Auburn Mountainview High School student to support their decision to go into trade school.

Dog park idea topic of open house

Enumclaw’s Park Board will host a public meeting March 14 at City Hall.

Kidnapping scam targets families of young kids

The suspects are a male with an accent and a younger-sounding female.

Black Diamond swears in new council member

Chris Wisnoski was nominated and confirmed unanimously to the Position No. 5 council seat.

Explores the Civil Rights Movement with Congressman John Lewis | Pierce County READS

Congressman Lewis of Georgia is one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement and the only remaining speaker alive from the Big Six Leaders that organized the 1963 March on Washington.

Most Read