Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing contest is held each year in the spring to recognize the creative writing talent of area students. This contest, sponsored by the Friends of Omaha Public Library, recognizes the top three winners from each grade. Each winner receives a cash prize and certificate, is recognized in a ceremony at the library and has their story published on the library website. The school libraries of each winning student are also recognized with a matching cash prize.


Winners Reception

Contest winners, their families and school librarians and teachers are invited to a celebration reception where they are rewarded for their exceptional writing talent with cash prizes. 



First place winners from each grade read their stories aloud. All winning stories are featured on Omaha Public Library's website. Read the most recent winning pieces here

How to Participate

Contest entries are typically accepted throughout the winter months. Contest criteria and entry information are available here. Winners are notified in early April, with the reception held later that month. 

About Virginia Frank

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest began in 2003 and is named in honor of a longtime Friends of Omaha Public Library volunteer. Virginia Frank was a Central High and UNO graduate. She acquired a master’s degree from Brown University and taught English literature and creative writing at UNO for many years. Her passion for students and young people inspired everyone around her, and her enthusiasm encouraged many students to explore their creative writing talents. Frank volunteered thousands of hours with the Friends of OPL to help ensuring a bright future for our public libraries.