Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Young Writers Become Tomorrow's Leaders

Support Middle School Writers by Donating to the Annual Campaign

Since 1986, Power of the Pen has helped Ohio 7th- and 8th-grade students find and develop a creative voice uniquely their own, learning crucial life skills in the process. You can help the next generation of business leaders, employees, innovators and artists unlock their true potential by contributing to Power of the Pen's annual campaign. Watch the video below to see one of the many success stories of a Power of the Pen alum — and you’ll see that the power of the pen is the power of the future.

Scenes From Past Tournaments

State Tournament Spotlights Excellence in Writing

The best 7th and 8th grade writers from throughout Ohio competed online in the state tournament hosted virtually by Otterbein University on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Their achievements were celebrated in a virtual awards ceremony, which featured the first-ever recipient of the Founders' Award.  Check out the state tournament page for a program filled with award-winning student writing, a feature on guest author Jack Gantos, and more. 

Registration Remains Open for the 2021-2022 Season

Your school's 7th and 8th graders still have the opportunity to develop their own unique creative voice through Power of the Pen for the 2021-2022 season! Registration remains open where there is space available.

Please contact the regional director before registering. Visit the Tournaments page for a map of regions and a chart of tournament dates. District and regional tournaments are online due to the pandemic, so your students will gather at your own school to participate. Use the Tournaments pull-down menu for contact information for the regional director.

Register soon so that your team has time to practice! Visit the registration page for details.

2021 Book of Winners
Now Available for Purchase

The 2021 Book of Winners is now available for purchase. This edition features Platinum Pen winners of the 2020-2021 season. Click here for an index of students whose writing appears in the book.

Not only is the Book of Winners an excellent model of the best 7th and 8th grade writing, but it is also fun to read. These young authors take readers on adventures, evoke deeply felt emotions, and offer glimpses into lives that may be different from the readers' own. All of the writing has a common thread: our shared humanity. Power of the Pen writers may be young, but they already have a wealth of wisdom to share through their stories. Purchase your copy today!

Teams who participate in the 2022-2023 season will receive one free copy of the 2021 Book of Winners.

Power of the Pen Photo and
Testimonial Submission Form

We are collecting testimonials, photos and videos from current Power of the Pen writers and the individuals we have inspired over the years. These will be used to help us grow and share our mission to create an even greater impact on students throughout the state of Ohio!

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