A pair of creative contests will accompany Wauwatosa's fourth annual All-City Read program.

The Neighborhood Association Council of Wauwatosa is conducting both a writing contest and visual arts contest to complement the book chosen for residents of Wauwatosa to read and discuss in January and February: “A Man Called Ove” by Swedish author Fredrik Backman.

Both of the contests are open to all residents of Wauwatosa, or children in third grade or higher who attend Wauwatosa schools. The entry deadline is Jan. 23. Cash prizes will be awarded in each contest in the following categories:

  • Grades 3-5: First prize: $30 / Second prize: $20 
  • Grades 6-8: First prize: $50 / Second prize: $30 
  • High School: First prize $75 / Second prize: $40 
  • Adult (18+): First prize $100 / Second prize $60 

Entries in the writing contest should match the theme of “neighbors and neighborhoods.” Entries should be essays of no more than 1,000 words about a neighbor or a neighborhood experience. They can be either fiction or nonfiction.

In the visual arts contest, competitors are asked to create an original visual response using any medium, including paint, pen & ink, pencil, pastel, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, printmaking or digital media. The artwork should incorporate at least one of the book’s themes (order vs. disorder, community, diversity, destiny, acceptance, change, grief, aging) and one or more plot elements (a happy memory, a tragic accident, a colorful neighbor, a misfit, a solid structure, a stray cat, cars and/or trains, and Swedish and/or Persian culture).

Full contest rules and downloadable entry forms for each contest are available at

For more information, go to, visit the Facebook page at or contact chairperson Maureen Badding at or 414-476-3238.

Sponsors of Tosa’s All-City Read are Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors, Masterpiece Sponsor; and North Shore Bank, Bestseller Sponsor.

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