Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Registration for the 2021-22 Season Opens September 1  

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. 

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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Get Ready for the 2021-22
Power of the Pen Season!

It's time for schools to put plans in place for Power of the Pen teams! Students who participate in Power of the Pen not only see tremendous growth in their writing ability, but they also gain confidence and leadership skills as they mentor one another. Encourage your local Ohio school to form a team if they do not already have one. Learn more about how Power of the Pen impacts students and teachers alike with this video of Darcy Leis, Power of the Pen alum and coach. Registration is opens September 1, 2021. Visit the registration page for details.

2021 Platinum Pen Award Winners - Submit Photos Here!

Platinum Pen Award winners, you are eligible for publication in the 2021 Book of Winners! Your writing will serve as a model of excellence for future 7th and 8th grade writers. When you won the award, you received a certificate and a Publication Procedures form with instructions for submitting your photo. Click here with a parent to complete the form. A Google account is required to complete the form. If you already submitted a Permission to Publish form to Power of the Pen this season and you do not wish to submit a photo, you do not need to complete this form.

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