Student Essay Contest

Congratulations to our 2023 winners of the Read Together Diamond Bar student essay contest “How a Book Changed My Life”! Scroll down below for links to read the winners’ essays.

The winners are (left to right) Sarah Rojas, Sophia Fang, and Lexington Smith.

Sarah Rojas’ Essay:
Essay Contest Entry 2023- Rojas, Sarah

Sophia Fang’s Essay:
Essay Contest Entry 2023- Fang, Sophie

Lexington Smith’s Essay:
Essay Contest Entry 2023-Smith, Lexington

Student Essay Contest “How a Book Changed My Life”

The How a Book Changed My Life student essay contest is sponsored by the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library and is an integral part of the annual Read Together Diamond Bar program. There are 3 $300 cash prizes available.

Students ages 13-18 are encouraged to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre – fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic – explaining how that author’s work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. Essays submitted must be 1,000 words or less. All entries were due Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 and need to be mailed or dropped off at the Diamond Bar Library.

Applications are available at the Diamond Bar Library or available for download here: Essay Entry Form.

Download a copy of the essay form here