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The Oklahoma Center for the Book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries has announced the start of the 2023-2024 My Favorite Book statewide writing competition for students in fourth through twelfth grades. Oklahoma students attending public, private, charter and home schools are invited to participate in the competition. Students will write a letter to the author of a favorite book, book series, short story or essay and explain how the literature or one of the characters impacted their life.

Deadline to submit your entry is December 15, 2023 at 5pm.

Contest Levels:
Level 1: Grades 4–6
Level 2: Grades 7–8
Level 3: Grades 9–12

Cash Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in each level. The winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at the Oklahoma Capitol in May 2024.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

First place winners will select their school library or public library to receive a cash prize of $1,000

Please read the official rules and instructions before submitting entries.

For students younger than 18 years of age (as of October 10, 2022), a permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian was required to be submitted along with their entry.

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Promotional Items

Download and print these PDFs to promote the My Favorite Book contest at your library or school! All are designed for letter-sized paper (8.5 X 11 inches).

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The Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is organized to focus attention on the vital role of books and reading in our lives. The Center promotes the past, current, and future works of Oklahoma authors; promotes the literary heritage of the state; and encourages reading for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages.

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Last Modified on Nov 02, 2023