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WDMCS Reads Announces Contest for Local Writers

The West Des Moines Public Library and the West Des Moines Community Schools are still accepting submissions for the WDMCS Reads Poetry Writing Contest as part the district’s community reading initiative.


“The Crossover,” by Kwame Alexander.

WDMCS Reads celebrates our community by inviting the residents to read and discuss the same book. In the inaugural WDMCS Reads book selection, “The Crossover,” author Kwame Alexander shares the story of seventh-grade basketball phenomenon Josh Bell in an authentic voice through verse.

Share your own original poetry by submitting an entry to the WDMCS Reads poetry writing contest through Feb. 29.

The writing contest is open to all ages, from kindergartners to adults. Students may submit their entries at the schools. Adults may submit their entries at the West Des Moines Public Library. Entries may also be submitted to

For contest rules, drop-off locations and additional information, please visit or

Winners will be announced March 10 on the Des Moines Register online and at or Winners will receive a signed copy of “The Crossover” or other book by Kwame Alexander, depending on the winner’s age, and be invited to a special meet-and-greet with Mr. Alexander during his visit to Valley High School on March 31.

For more information about WDMCS Reads, please visit