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29th Annual Spring Writing Contest

2024 Prompt:

If you could spend a day with a character from a book, who would it be and what would you do together?


  • 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. 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, April 29th at 5:30PM

Winners will be notified on:
Friday, May 10th

Award Ceremony:
Friday, May 24th at 5PM

Pick up stories before:
Monday, June 1st

Please email Laure at with any questions!