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Monday, April 12, 2010

Woman's Day Magazine's Essay Contest Deadline Is May 9

Two months ago, I blogged about seeing the issue of Woman's Day magazine that carried the library essay-contest winners. Now I want to remind you that it's time to ask patrons to send in their essays for next year's contest.

Here are the details from ALA:
Libraries have until May 9 to promote Woman’s Day magazine’s newest initiative, “why the library is important to my community.” The American Library Association (ALA) and Woman’s Day are looking for stories that showcase the importance and value of libraries within the communities they serve.

Women ages 18 and up are invited to send in their stories in 700 words or less to Up to four stories will be profiled in the March 2011 issue of the magazine or at

Librarians can download free tools to help collect local stories from the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site. Tools include a sample press release and newsletter copy.

A downloadable Web button that can be linked to the official rules on the Woman’s Day Web site is also available.

The initiative continues a nine-year partnership between the magazine and ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries that has generated millions of dollars worth of editorial coverage for libraries. Since 2002, Woman’s Day has asked its readers to write in about “how the library has changed my life,” “how the library helped improve my health” and “how the library helped me deal with the tough economy.”

Woman’s Day magazine is a Partner in the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

Imagine the publicity and joy it would bring to your community if a resident was published in Woman's Day magazine! But that can't happen unless you publicize this contest and encourage your users to enter. The web button is ready for you to download... Why not go for it?

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