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Write a winning poem, get an ice cream party
Winners of the Leopold's 2023 creative writing contest
Students from the 2023 Leopold's Creative Writing Challenge pose for a photo with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson and Leopold's owner Stratton Leopold at Savannah City Hall. (Submitted photo.)

Special to the Herald


Students are encouraged to channel their creative writing skills to possibly win an ice cream party for their class.

Leopold’s Ice Cream and the Live Oak Public Libraries are teaming up for the 14th Annual Creative Writing Challenge, now through April 22

Students in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties are invited to creatively express their thoughts, through poetry. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Words.”

The contest opened March 25, and is open to all students (public, private and homeschool) in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties.

One finalist from each of four categories (Kindergarten through second grade, third to fifth grade, sixth to eighth grade and high school) will win a Leopold’s Ice Cream party for their classroom.

Winners will be invited to read their poem to Savannah Mayor Van Johnson at Savannah City Hall, on May 15 at 1 p.m. 

Poetry entries may be submitted online at or in physical form at any Live Oak Public Libraries branch.

Full contest rules and informational flyer can be found at or