Write Out Loud 2021

Our Write Out Loud celebration of student writing is virtual this year. Join us at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, to watch our writers read from their award-winning work.


Each submission was evaluated by a team from ACT in Iowa City. Two grade level winners were chosen in each of the following categories:

  • “The Write Stuff”: For language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
  • “From the Heart”: For creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

Download the winning pieces here.

Special thanks to this year’s festival sponsors, the Community Foundation of Johnson County, Green State Credit Union, US Bank, and Pip Printing. Our amazing supporters include the Iowa City Downtown District, The Haunted Bookshop, Prairie Lights Books, and Sidekick Coffee and Books. And, as always, a huge thank you to the Iowa City Public Library, the Coralville Public Library, the North Liberty Community Library, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, the Iowa City Community School District, and the Iowa Children’s Museum

We are able to present one-of-a-kind, children’s literary programming because of people like you, who recognize the importance of celebrating creative writing with young people in our community. Please donate to the City of Literature and One Book Two Book today!