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Sokol High School Literary Awards

Congratulations to all the students who won this year, and thank you to our judges and committee members!

Download the 2019 SOKOL booklet with all winning entries here

Thanks to our partnership with the College at Brockport, the open access collection can be viewed globally. According to Mary Jo Orzech and Kim Myers at the College at Brockport, winning entries have been downloaded collectively over 1,242 times in the past five years – from 26 countries.
View winning entries from the last 5 years here
See the 2019 Awards Ceremony invitation here
Read the Frequently Asked Questions here.

View the 2019 SOKOL informational flyer here

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.

Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and Drake Memorial Library of The College at Brockport are excited to partner to host winning submissions of the Sokol High School Literary Awards on Digital Commons @ Brockport, an online, open access repository of scholarly and creative works by the community. See the winning entries here.

For more information, call Susan Chekow Lusignan at 585-428-8350 or email Susan.Lusignan@libraryweb.org.