The Neighborhood Association Council of Wauwatosa is extending the deadline for both the writing and visual arts contests for the fourth annual Tosa’s All-City Read program.

The new deadline of Monday, Jan. 30 was set in the hopes of attracting more students to the contests. Both the writing contest and visual arts contest 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 contests are open to all residents of Wauwatosa or children in third grade or higher who attend Wauwatosa schools. 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 on the website at

Read or Share this story: