Online Winter Reading Contest

Reading Contest for Teens


For Readers Ages 13 to 16

Registration begins January 6, 2018

The Contest Ends March 17, 2018

Please submit your reviews between January 6 and March 17, 2018




Book Reviews


Winter reading participants are asked to write BRIEF book reviews, each of which counts as an entry in a prize drawing.

The more reviews you submit, the more chances you have to win!

Submissions can be Adult or Young-Adult, Fiction or Non-Fiction.


What MUST be included:


Title and author of the book

A brief description of the book…What is it about?

Did you like the book...Why or why not? Would you recommend it to others?


Additional things you may include:

·         Similar authors or titles others might like.

·          Other works you have liked by the author.


Please do NOT include:

Copy-pasted or plagiarized reviews. Only original reviews will be considered.

 No spoilers!

Please do not include anything that gives away crucial plot elements

 Profanity, obscenities, or mean-spirited remarks

 Phone numbers, mail addresses, or URLs


The reviews are subject to approval by staff librarians. The library reserves the right to edit or remove reviews that do not follow these guidelines.


Who Can Participate?


The contest is open to readers from ages 13 to 16 who reside in Erie County, or who are eligible to sign up for a library card in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.  

You do not need to have a library card to enter the contest.

If you participated in our Summer Reading contest, you will have to create a new profile with a new username and password for the Winter Reading Contest.

All participants’ records are deleted shortly after the conclusion of the contests each season.




Upon registration, each contestant will identify their local library and become eligible to win either one of 37 branch-level prizes, OR one (1) system-wide grand prize!


Any reader who participates in the Teen Winter Reading Contest has a chance to win…


One (1) $25 gift card awarded to a winner for each library branch




Grand Prize…




Winners will be notified by email or telephone after Monday, March 26th.


If a winner does not claim in their prize within 60 days the library has the discretion to withdraw the prize entirely.