Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Important Tournament Updates

Update on Power of the Pen Tournaments

We are grateful to all of the writers and coaches who have participated in Power of the Pen this year. In light of the closing of all schools in Ohio for at least three weeks beginning Monday, March 16, we have considered how to finish the season and honor the work of the young authors and coaches who have spent the school year preparing for tournaments.

In an effort to be fair and equitable to all contestants, we are planning to reschedule the Western, Northwestern, Northern, and Lake Erie regional tournaments. There will not be a state tournament in 2020.

We are working now to find and schedule locations to hold the remaining regional tournaments by the end of the school year. However, if Ohio’s stay-at-home order or ban on gatherings is not lifted, or if it is lifted too late for proper planning, we will not be able to hold the regional tournaments.

To recognize last season’s (2018-2019) outstanding writers, we will still select winners for the Powerful Pen Award, the Promising Young Talent Award, and the Humor Award, as well as the Poetry Award. These will be published in the Book of Winners rather than in a state program.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during such challenging circumstances. The health and safety of our communities is of highest importance. We’ll continue to update our website, Facebook and Twitter with developments as they occur. 

In no way is Power of the Pen affiliated with the United Fellowship of the Pen, or PenOhio, and Power of the Pen neither condones nor authorizes the writing programs of either organization.

Regional Qualifiers: Enter
the 2020 State Poetry Contest

Be sure to enter your original creative work by April 27! Save your poem on a single page in Word or as a PDF, and submit it by clicking the flyer below. Have a parent with you when you submit your piece. We can't wait to read your poems!

2020 State Tournament
Will Not Be Held

Due to concerns about coronavirus, the 2020 state tournament will not be held. We know that the cancellation of the state tournament is disappointing for writers who have been preparing all season, but everyone's safety and health is the highest priority. We appreciate the dedication of writers and coaches to the program.

Power of the Pen is excited to introduce our NEW Testimonial Submission Form!

We are collecting testimonials, photos and videos from 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! Not to mention, your name will be entered into a monthly drawing to win various gift cards!

Click Here to Get Started! 

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