Statewide writing contest open to students

Kansas students in third through 12th grades are invited to submit their essays for this year’s Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest.

Students are asked to get creative and set straight a common myth about Kansas by writing on the theme, “Kansas Isn’t Flat It’s...”

In each congressional district, a first- and second-place winner will be chosen in three grade level divisions (third through fifth, sixth through eighth and ninth through 12th grades). Writing will be accepted through April 30. Winners will be contacted by July 31 and announced at the Kansas Book Festival on Sept. 7 at the Kansas State Capitol.

“It is our hope that this writing contest will help spark a love for reading and writing among children across the state,” Kansas first lady Mary Brownback said in an announcement about the opportunity.

For more information about the contest, including word limits and an entry form, click on Get Involved at


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