We love giving stuff away! See below for details about all library contests:

Current contests

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Recent contests and winners

Every hero has a story writing contest

Fiction winner: fiction winner, Abby

Poetry winner: Poetry winner, JJtheJetPlane

Other fiction entries:

I'm not dead

Dr. Destructo

Other poetry entries:


Diamond Lil And The Fountain of Youth

Memes are fair game

February 25 to 28, 2019

We asked you to create-your-own memes using Creative Commons-licensed images to make us laugh AND learn more about Fair Dealing. Check out our winning memes:

Grand prize winner:

Husky dog looking into distance

Stuart Matthews

Runners up:

dog squinting eyes

Amatul Shafi

dog and goose conversation

Thomas Cojocar

pop art face

Lego storm troopers

Sara Perkins


Library emoji contest

February 18 to 22, 2019

Follow @uwlibrary on Instagram over Reading Week and guess which title from the Waterloo Reads collection the emojis represent.

Caption our collections

January 28 to February 1, 2019

Come up with your own captions to these images from the Waterloo Digital Library.

Rules and Regulations

Winners: Prizes not collected within 30 days of the arranged pick-up date are considered forfeited.