Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

This is the “write time” to help Ohio’s middle schoolers improve their writing skills and leadership abilities so that they can impact their communities now and in the future.

Your support can help Power of the Pen participants gain the lifelong benefits that result from being part of a writing team and competing in tournaments.

  • It’s the write time for students to learn to enhance communication skills, critical thinking and confidence.
  • It’s the write time to build toward a lifelong impact in college and careers.

Click here to support Ohio's middle school students and ampify young, creative voices. With strong creative writing and leadership skills developed through participating in Power of the Pen, students can write their own future.

Registration Is Open for the 2022-2023 Season

Your 7th and 8th grade students learn writing skills that last a lifetime in Power of the Pen, an Ohio-wide interscholastic writing program. 

December 1 and later, please contact the regional director for your region before registering your team. Regions can be found on the Tournaments page, with regional directors' contact information listed on each region's page.

Nearly 300 schools across Ohio currently participate in Power of the Pen district, regional, and state creative writing tournaments. These schools form Power of the Pen teams and creative writing clubs to practice for tournaments held in the winter and spring.

Tournaments will be held in person in 2022-2023. Check out the region map and tournament schedule for convenient tournament locations for your school, and visit the Registration overview page for more information.

Celebrating the 2022 State Tournament
Photos by Kelly Hurt

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!

Click Here to Get Started!

“I didn’t know all those years ago when I stayed late after school one day to try out for a writing team, I would get a whole shiny new future.”
~ Lindsay Puckett, West Carrollton alum and author of The Glass Witch

Lindsay's debut novel was published by Scholastic on October 18, 2022. Click the picture to learn more about Lindsay and her experiences in Power of the Pen.

Order Power of the Pen Swag

Check out hoodies, T-shirts, and more for writers, coaches, parents, alumni, and friends of Power of the Pen!

2022 Book of Winners
Available for Purchase

The 2022 Book of Winners is now available for purchase. This edition features Platinum Pen winners of the 2021-2022 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. Purchase your copy today!

Teams who participate in the 2023-2024 season will receive one free copy of the 2022 Book of Winners.

Power of the Pen
PO Box 2640  |  North Canton, Ohio 44720

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