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Madison’s We Read Youth Voices contest

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Time to get the lead (pencils) out.

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Get your pencils out — it’s time for the third annual We Read Youth Voices contest.

What is it?

The writing contest is put on by Forward Madison FC + the Wisconsin Book Festival with support from the Madison Public Library Foundation.

This year’s theme, “Moving Forward - Together,” encourages kids to write stories of empathy, understanding differences, and new perspectives.

Kids have from April 3-June 30 to submit.

Age | Word count limit:

  • < 8 | 250 words
  • 8-12 | 750 words
  • 13-18 | 1,000 words

The following workshops are available to supplement the writing process:


The top three winners will be recognized on the field at a Madison Forward game and featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival fall celebration.

First place will receive $500 and a writing camp scholarship, while the two runner-ups will walk away with $250 each.

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