Minerva Campbell Literary Contest




The Minerva Campbell Awards are presented to students exhibiting literary ability. This annual prose and poetry competition is conducted for Junior High School and Senior High School students attending Rush-Henrietta Central Schools and students who reside in Henrietta and attend school elsewhere.


There are two (2) divisions with separate categories in each division.


Division 1.    Senior Division – grades 10 through 12

Categories – Public School; Private School

Division 2.    Junior Division – grades 7 through 9

Categories – Public School; Private School


The Henrietta Public Library Board of Trustees, which sponsors the contest in honor of its first president, appoints a committee of judges to select the winners within each division. The first place winner in each category will receive a $50 prize; the second place winner in each category will receive a $30 prize; the third place winner in each category will receive a $20 prize and the honorable mention winner in each category will receive a $15 prize. Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the judges. The first place winners’ names will be engraved on the Minerva Campbell plaque displayed in each school, or in the Henrietta Public Library in the case of a non-public school student. The contest is funded by the Friends and Foundation of the Henrietta Public Library.



1. The contest is open to all students in grades 7 through 12 who attend school in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District and students who reside in Henrietta and attend school elsewhere. Students in grades 7, 8 and 9 compete in the Junior Division.


Copies of these rules are available at the school libraries in each junior high school, the high school and the Henrietta Public Library.

2.The literary form of the entry must be prose (short story or essay) or poetry.

3. Subject matter is unrestricted.

4. Entry requirements are as follows:

a.Must be the original work of the contestant.

b.Must be handwritten in ink, or typed. If you are a winner, you must submit your entry in electronic form to minervacampbell@yahoo.com if you wish to see it posted to the  Henrietta Public Library web site as a winning entry.  Please put the title of the work in the subject field of the email.

c.Standard size notebook or typed paper must be used.

d.Essays must be a minimum of 250 words.

e.Must have a separate cover page indicating name of student, school, and title of entry and an email address where you can be reached. If no email is available please list a phone number.  All this information is for library use only and will be kept confidential.  Name of school and title of entry should appear on work itself, but not name of student.

f.Must not have been written as classroom work or subject assignment.

5a. No more than three (3) entries may be submitted by any one student

  b.No more than one (1) award may be won by any one student.

6. Entries are to be submitted to the school librarian of either Rush-Henrietta Junior High School, the Rush-Henrietta Senior High School, or to the Reference Librarian at the Henrietta Public Library.

7. Contest begins Monday, February 11, 2019 and ends Monday, March 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

8. Criteria for judging are originality, clarity and good English usage.

9. All entries become the property of the Henrietta Public Library. Students are advised to make a copy before submitting their entry.

10. Winners will be announced at the award assemblies at each school. The winners will be presented to the Town Board on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Henrietta Town Hall at 7 pm. Photographs will be taken in the lobby afterwards.