Litter-free library

The book contest is open to South Carolina writers of all ages with an original story idea based on the theme, “Litter-Free SC.” Highlighting the mission of PalmettoPride, the book contest provides an educational tool for teachers in South Carolina sharing the harmful impacts of litter. After a winning book is selected, PalmettoPride will publish the book and share a copy with every elementary school library in South Carolina.

Cherish Taylor, a student at Irmo Middle School wrote and illustrated 2019’s winning entry, Louie’s Park. Taylor was the first winner to write and illustrate their book. PalmettoPride, along with help from Representative Chip Huggins and Taylor’s family, surprised her with a copy of the published book at her school. Contact for more information or would like to request copies of our books for your students!


  • Writers must be residents of South Carolina.
  • The writer must have an original story with a theme focused on Litter-Free SC.
  • The story must include a minimum of five South Carolina symbols (i.e. state tree, flower, bird).
  • The story must be based in a region of South Carolina (Upstate, PeeDee, Midlands, or Lowcountry).
  • The book must not be more than 30 pages.
  • Illustrations are not required for the book, but are a welcome addition. Judging will be based on creativity, content and theme relation.