Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced Wednesday the start of the Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest. The contest runs through April 30, 2015. Winners will be contacted by July 31 and announced at the 2015 Kansas Book Festival on September 12 at the Kansas State Capitol. The contest is open to students in grades 3-12 in the state of Kansas.
“Each year, the level of talent that we see entering our writing contest grows,” said the First Lady. “It is our hope that this writing contest will help spark a love for reading and writing among children across the state and inspire them to use writing as a creative outlet.”
The theme for this year’s contest is “Changing one of Kansas’ State Symbols.” Students should select one of Kansas’ many symbols (bird, tree, song, etc.) that they would like to change. What would they change it to and why would it make a better symbol than the one we currently have? There will be a first and second place winner in each grade level division, per congressional district. Divisions consist of the following: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12.
For more information about this contest or the Kansas Book Festival, scheduled for September 12, visit kansasbookfestival.com.