Local Author Programs

At the Escondido Public Library, we offer a wide-range of programs to support local authors! From the Escondido Writers Group to our Local Author Collection, our goal is to nurture and foster local writing and talent in the Escondido area and beyond! Interested in having your author program at the Library or participating in a Library author talk? Click here for our policy for hosting author programs.


Congratulations to the 3rd Annual Writing Competition Winners


1st Place: Free Fall by Wanda McLaughlin

2nd Place: Hole in Cactus by Jessica Petrencsik

3rd Place: The Colors of Change by Eva Redding


Honorable Mentions

Ludwig’s Revenge by Robert Kirschenbaum

Spying by Janelle Amer

From the Appliance Blog by Tim Miller

Annual Writing Competition

About the Escondido Writers Group Annual Writing Competition

The Escondido Writer's Group Writing Competition highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region. 

Submit your fiction or non-fiction (excluding poetry) writing between January 2 through January 31, 2023. The winners will be announced at the Escondido Writers Group meeting on February 21, 2023This contest is open to anyone age 12 and up. Every entry must stand on its own merits. Judges will not give special dispensation or more liberal consideration for youth entries.


Entries should be:

• Be typed or in electronic format

• Have a 2500 word limit, NO EXCEPTIONS

• Be double spaced with one-inch margins

• Include a cover sheet with the title of the story, name, phone number, and email. The entry itself should have the title only at the top right corner of each page.

• Anything not meeting this format will be disqualified


Prizes will be given to the three best entries.


Please drop entries off at the Library Information Desk or email to tanyarossauthor@gmail.com

Local Author Collection

Local Author Collection features books written by California authors! The Library maintains titles that are written by local authors as a special collection. Whether purchased or donated, these titles are evaluated based on standard collection development guidelines.

View our Local Author Collection.


Escondido Writers Group (Hybrid Meetings)


Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity to improve their writing by participating in monthly readings and group critiques. Meet other writers and published authors, and learn from one another in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects to share and receive constructive feedback.

View more information here.


Resources for Local Authors


Get Started with Biblioboard!

Biblioboard is an awesome eBook platform that allows you to read eBooks by local authors! Click the link above to get started. You can also download the Biblioboard app for Android and Apple devices!

Are you thinking about self-publishing your own book? You can now create, edit, format and generate print-ready and eBook formats for your book—no matter how far along it may be by using the Pressbooks service by Biblioboard! You can even choose to register your book with the Indie Author Project! After submitting to the Indie Author Project,  your book can be shared with patrons of participating libraries across your region. If your book is selected by our curation partners, it will also be available alongside other great indie reads in participating libraries across the U.S. and Canada. The Indie Author Project offers free monthly webinars to help you get started, answer questions and more! Check out Indie Author Project Expert Sessions to get started!