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2020 Writing Contest

The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Writing Contest.

This year's Writing Contest will have a different theme for each age category, as follows:

  • Grades K-5: "When I walk into the library, I feel..."
  • Grades 6-12: "Libraries help me to become..."
  • Adults: "The Library is important to the Sun Prairie Community because..."
  • NEW!  Participants from any age category may opt to write on the following alternate theme:
    "The unexpected closure of the Library has made me realize..."

Writings may be in any genre of writing, including personal short story, graphic novel, essay or poem, with a maximum 500 words. Three cash prizes will be awarded in each age category. Please note: the planned Recognition Ceremony has been postponed due to the pandemic, with a new date TBD.

Submissions will be accepted starting March 1st, through April 17th deadline extended to June 15th!. You may submit your writing online here: Or you may submit your writing in print form by mailing it to: Friends of the Sun Prairie Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie WI 53590. All print submissions MUST have a Submission Form attached.

Please read the full Rules & Guidelines here prior to submitting your entry. 



2019 Writing Contest:
"Why I Love My Library"

The 2019 Writing Contest Anthology is now available to view!

Writing Contest Anthology, grades K-5                       Writing Contest Anthology, grades 6-12 and Adults
(Grades K-5                          (Grades 6-12 and
submissions)                         Adult submissions)

Winners of the 2019 Dick Wanless Memorial Writing Contest:
Grades K-5: Tanish Premnath
Grades 6-12: Madeline Shea

Adults: Katie TerBeek

We congratulate the three winning authors, and applaud everyone who submitted their writings. Thank you for helping us to make this writing contest a success!
This project was funded by the Dick Wanless Memorial Fund.

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Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library Sculpture Project

The Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library has installed "Sun Prairie," a stainless steel sculpture with fused glass rounds, on the southeast corner of the library grounds.  On September 9, 2016, the sculpture was given to the library at a dedication ceremony featuring the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. The sculpture was designed by Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Any questions can be submitted to