Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Register for the 2020-2021 Tournament Season

Sign Up Your Team for the 2020-2021 Season

In Power of the Pen, students find a place to belong, where they can share and celebrate creative writing with coaches and peers. Power of the Pen writers not only receive individualized support from their school teams, but they also become part of a wider network of nearly 300 schools throughout the state that nurture and celebrate excellence in writing.

Schools may register both a 7th grade team and an 8th grade team, or they may choose to register just one grade level. District and regional tournaments will be held online. Registration for the 2020-2021 season opens September 1. The deadline for the early bird rate has been extended to October 22. Registration closes December 1.

Read the registration instructions, find a tournament that's right for your school based on the map below, then sign up your team! We are happy to be able to provide a place for 7th and 8th grade writers to shine, and we are looking forward to a great season!

In Memory of Lorraine B. Merrill

It is with deep sadness that we announce that our founder, Lorraine B. Merrill, passed away November 22, 2020. When it came to writing, Lorraine possessed a natural talent propelled by a driving passion. It was this, coupled with her love of teaching, that led to the creation of Power of the Pen, a program that has impacted hundreds of thousands of young writers for over 30 years. We extend our condolences to the family and will miss Lorraine deeply.

An endowment fund has been established in memory of Frank and Lorraine Merrill to support young writers participating in Power of the Pen. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Power of the Pen Founders’ Award at the Springfield Foundation at 333 N Limestone Street, Suite 201, Springfield, Ohio 45503.

Giving Tuesday
December 1, 2020

On this global day of generosity, encourage your friends and colleagues to support the young writers of Power of the Pen. Even during the pandemic, we are providing a place for their voices to be heard and their creativity to be celebrated. Share our GoFundMe page on social media, share our Giving Tuesday YouTube video, and donate on Giving Tuesday to help us continue to build futures for Ohio's middle school students. 

2019 Book of Winners
Now Available

Featuring the Best of the Best stories and creative essays from the 2018-2019 season, the 2019 Book of Winners provides exemplary models of student writing. With themes exploring relationships, loss, and moments of joy, it is also a compelling read! Order a copy today! Each school will receive one free copy with its registration for the 2020-2021 season.

Power of the Pen
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!

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Power of the Pen
PO Box 442  |  Richfield, Ohio 44286

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