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Sokol High School Literary Awards 2020

Thank you to all the students who entered work!

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions we had to cancel this year’s Awards Ceremony and Reception.

Thanks to our partners at The College at Brockport, winning entries can be viewed and downloaded here. 

Over the past five years, winning entries have been downloaded collectively over 1242 times, from 26 countries.

About the Sokol Awards

Since 1958, the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library has sponsored a creative writing contest for high school students in grades nine through twelve.

In 1985, Mr. & Mrs. Eli and Mildred Sokol established an endowment, through the Community Foundation, that makes it possible for us to award monetary prizes to the winners and honoraria to the judges. We are pleased to offer a special performance prize in addition to the traditional prose and poetry prizes. Through the Sokols’ foresight and generosity, the Friends & Foundation of RPL will be able to encourage young writers for generations to come.