Students can win $6,400 in cash, scholarships during James Weldon Johnson Young Writers Festival

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The James Weldon Johnson Young Writers Festival is returning to Duval County for a second year. Participating local students have a chance to win cash and scholarships.

Students in grades 3-12 can submit a poem or dramatic monologue for a chance to win from a pool of $6,400 in prizes. Organizers say the students must also participate in all the James Weldon Johnson Young Writers Festival workshops and activities to be eligible to win.


The Festival is June 14-17 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Main Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library Downtown.

Students can register for free by visiting Brentwood Branch Library located at 3725 N. Pearl Street in Jacksonville, FL 32206. Organizers say registrations are due by May 31, 2023.

The festival is being hosted by the Friends of the Brentwood Library in partnership with Duval County Public Schools, the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Public Library. Longtime local literacy advocate Sharon Coon came up with the idea for the festival.

You can get information on the contest rules and registration information you can email info@friendsofbrentwoodlibrary.org or click here.

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