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Kleiman Creative Writing Contest

The Annual Kleiman Creative Writing Contest presented by the Kendallville Public Library runs each year from October through the awards banquet in early May. It's open to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. They will write and illustrate a story book, non-fiction book, graphic novel or book of poetry. The entries will then be judged, and prizes will be awarded to the top books in each category.

All participating students and their families are invited to an Awards Banquet. All writers are  honored, and the top students in each grade level are announced. At this banquet, the cost for student meals, one guest, and teacher meals will be underwritten by the Kleiman family.

The Kleiman family has sponsored this contest each year in honor of Isadore and Pearl Kleiman, who were frequent visitors to the Kendallville Public Library. Isadore and Pearl's children are still involved, but now their grandchildren are taking an active role in the contest and its funding.

For questions about the contest, contact organizer Beth Munk, Youth Services Manager, at 260-343-2022 or

2021 Documents:


Sample Book Layout

Letter from the Organizer

Entry Form