Litter-free library

PalmettoPride is accepting submissions for the annual Louie’s Library Children’s Book Contest.

Calling all aspiring writers! PalmettoPride wants your literature about litter. Create a story for elementary school children with a litter prevention theme and send it our way. We select one book annually to print and distribute to every elementary school in South Carolina. 

Theme: Your book should tell an interesting story that highlights the problems caused by litter and encourages litter prevention. Recycling and/or other environmental issues may be mentioned but should not be the main topic or overly emphasized. Authors may use the PalmettoPride mascot Louie the Lion as a character in the book but are not required to do so. 

South Carolina: Story should be South Carolina-focused if a location is evident. Author must be a resident of South Carolina.    

Illustrations: Illustration is not required but may be submitted. PalmettoPride may choose not to use illustrations submitted by author.     

Text: Story text should be limited to a 16-32 page illustrated book with typically 1-3 sentences per page, depending on age level of story. PalmettoPride may edit story for grammar and/or content. 

Submission Details: Submissions may be made at any time. Annual selection deadline is August 1st. Submissions received after this date will be in consideration for following year. Previous winners are eligible to enter. Authors may submit up to two entries annually. PalmettoPride retains the right to print and distribute contest winning books.

Prize: Author of winning entry receives 25 copies of printed book and $500. PalmettoPride prints and distributes winning book to all South Carolina elementary schools. 

Submissions may be emailed to or mailed to:

2700 Middleburg Drive Suite 216
Columbia, SC  29204

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 to request copies of our books!