2018 July 4th Writing Contest 

To commemorate the Granville 4th of July Celebration and the Wildwood Park Rebuild with parade theme "Swing into Summer", the Kiwanis Club of Granville proudly hosting its annual 4th of July writing contest. 

Share your stories about Wildwood Park Playground! We are in the process of completing Wildwood Playground (2nd Generation). During the week of construction in April by over 1,000 community volunteers, many stories were shared by folks who built the first playground. Others had stories from their memories playing on the playground or with their families. 

We will accept original short stories and poems (limit 500 words) about Wildwood Park Playground. Please include your name, age (if under 18), and current address.  Winning submissions may be shared and parts/or whole republished in local news and website media. By submitting to the contest, the author allows the committee to share their works publically. Limit one short story and one poem per person.

A panel of judges will select winners in various categories (to be determined). Prizes include $50 prizes and gift certificates from local businesses.  We will archive all submissions and welcome writing of all levels.

Email entries to, with the Subject Heading "2018 Writing Contest" or deliver in a sealed envelop labeled "2018 Writing Contest" to the Reader's Garden Book Store in 143 E Broadway, Granville. 

Deadline: July 31, 2018



In this contest, writers explored the topic, "Celebrating the American Dream," which was also the 2017 Granville 4th of July Parade theme.

Essay Contest - Tracey Crommes, "Freedom" - First Place and $50 prize 

Essay Contest - Doug Price, "The Fourth" - Honorable Mention, Whit's certificate

Poetry Contest - Kasey Clay, "Sweet Land of Refugees" - First Place and $50 prize

Poetry Contest - Brittany Atkinson, "Dear Ameria, I am Living My Dream" - Honorable Mention, Reader's Garden Certificate

Poetry Contest - Marie Weis, "The American Dream" - Honorable Mention, Whit's certificate

Poetry Contest - J.V. Kirby, "My American Dream" - Honorable Mention, Whit's certificate


ESSAY CONTEST:  Submit an original essay (500 word limit) about the subject "Celebrating the American Dream."  

POETRY CONTEST: Submit an original poem (500 word limit) about the subject "Celebrating the American Dream."  

  • Eligibility:  All persons, All ages, Any hometown, including members of the Granville Kiwanis Club.
  • Limit of one entry per contest. However, one person may enter both the poetry and essay contests. 
  • On a separate page attached to each entry, include with each entry the author's name, age, address, email and phone number.
  • Entries will be judged based on topic relevance, writing skill, originality and creativity.
  • Depending on the number of entries, we have separate contests for adult and youth categories.  
  • Winning entries may be published in The Granville Sentinel local newspaper, on the Granville Kiwanis website and/or exhibited at the pubic library or businesses in Granville.
  • Submissions are due August 31, 2017. See details below to submit and prizes available.


  • $50 awards
  • Whit's Frozen Custard gift certificates
  • Reader's Garden Bookstore gift certificates

Deadline: August 31, 2017.     (Winners will be announced on November 13 at a Veteran's Day Program at the Granville Inn and in the Granville Sentinel.)

How to Submit Entries by Email or Mail:   Entries can be submitted by Email to:  Please include "Writing Contest Entry" in the subject line.  Or Send by Mail to: Granville Kiwanis, Essay Contest, PO Box 133, Granville OH 43023

*By entering the contest, all contestants are giving permission for their entries and names to be used in whole or part for publicity of this and future contests.

More information about the 4th of July Celebration and contests and

Writing contest sponsored by the Granville Kiwanis


Unless specified by the author, we reserve the right to publicize the winning essay or excerpts in any future promotional material, and publically, in print or verbally, including online and in written publications recognizing the event, its winners, the essay contest, at the Granville Public Library, in the local print and online newspapers and on the Kiwanis website.


2009 Writing Contest youth winners honored in the parade