Public Libraries Feature Article Contest

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Awards cash prizes to the authors of the best feature articles written by public librarians and published in the previous year’s issues of Public Libraries magazine.

Congratulations to our recipients for articles published in 2017!

First Place: Nicolette Warisse SosulskiThis year’s first place winner ($500 prize) is Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Portage (MI) District Library, for her feature article "Excuse Me, Is There a Loss Section? Readers Advisory to the Grieving and Bereaved,” which appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Public Libraries. The Public Libraries Advisory Committee selected Sosulski’s article from among 11 articles written by a public librarian or public library worker and published in the 2017 volume year.

Honorable Mention: Kyra HahnFive runner-up articles were also chosen to compete for the honorable mention ($300) award. This was conducted via a readers’ choice vote on the Public Libraries Online Facebook page. The winner of the readers’ choice vote for the honorable mention award is Kyra Hahn, Douglas County (CO) Libraries, for her article “Public Service Loan Forgiveness – The Struggle to Qualify is Real,” which was published in the July/August 2017 issue.

Articles published in 2018

Feature articles submitted or published in 2018 will be eligible to compete for two cash prizes. The winner of the feature article contest will receive $500; honorable mention receives $300.

Criteria for eligibility are:

  • Author(s) must be a public library employee(s) at the time the manuscript is submitted.
  • Articles must have been submitted or published in 2018.
  • Articles must be feature length. Verso and Perspectives contributions will not be considered.

The articles will be evaluated and winners will be chosen by members of the Public Libraries Advisory Subcommittee. Manuscripts and supplemental materials must be submitted through the online Public Libraries Editorial Manager.

Questions? Please contact Kathleen Hughes at