Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
2023 State Tournament photos by JW Cooper Photography
The Power of the Pen
Seventh- and eighth-grade students learn writing skills that last a lifetime in Power of the Pen.
Power of the Pen empowers young people to find and develop their own unique creative voice through participating in district, regional, and state writing tournaments.
The Power of Competition
Nearly 300 schools across Ohio currently compete in Power of the Pen. Schools select a coach, register in the fall for tournaments, then form Power of the Pen teams/creative writing clubs to prepare for tournaments held in the winter and spring. The thrill of competition provides strong motivation for practice.
The Power of Mentors
Each participating team gets ready for competition using the Book of Winners, which features the the most compelling student writing from the previous season. During team practices, students engage in conversations about the writer’s craft and the impact of these stories written by their peers.
The Power of Collaboration
These conversations teach student writers how to collaborate and give feedback on each other's writing. Participation in Power of the Pen improves writing skills and confidence, enhances leadership skills, and encourages teamwork.
Published authors, museum and library directors, engineers, marketing professionals, teachers – these are just a few of the many alumni who credit Power of the Pen with helping them develop the skills that led to their successful careers.
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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!
“Power of the Pen was an awesome mile marker along my path to becoming a best-selling author.”
justin a. reynolds was the guest author at the Power of the Pen State tournament at Ashland University, May 18-19, 2023. During Friday's keynote, he shared insights about making writing a career and connecting with readers. State tournament participants had the opportunity to talk with justin during book signings on Thursday and Friday.
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2022 Book of Winners
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.
The 2023 Book of Winners, featuring Platinum Pen winners from the 2022-2023 season, is currently in production and will be available for purchase this winter.