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28th Annual Spring Writing Contest

2023 Prompt

You are visiting a new town with your family and decide to check out the local bookstore. Inside, you are welcomed by a friendly bookseller who tells you that this very special store has been around for 60 years! As you start to look around at all the books, you suddenly feel something magical start to happen.

Write a story about what happens during your visit to this magical 60 year old bookstore.


  • Children in Grades 1-5 are eligible to enter. Children from homeschooling families in comparable grades are encouraged to enter too! One entry per child.
  • Stories should be no longer than 600 words.
  • An entry form must be attached to each submission (even when emailed). Contact details for the child's parent or guardian must be provided so that we can easily contact the winners. 
  • Entries will be judged on the originality of the story, the creativity of the idea, and quality of writing, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling. There should also be evidence that the child completed the project independently.


Prizes will be awarded at each grade level:
1st Prize - $20 Odyssey Gift Certificate
2nd Prize - $15 Odyssey Gift Certificate
3rd Prize - $10 Odyssey Gift Certificate


Submitting entries:
Drop off or mail to:
Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street South Hadley, MA 01075
Email to
**Do not forget to include an entry form when submitting by email!**`

Entries must be received by:
Monday, May 1st at 5:30PM

Winners will be notified on:
Friday, May 12th

Award Ceremony:
Friday, June 9th at 4:30PM

Pick up stories before:
Friday, June 16th

Please email with any questions!