Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
2020-2021 Tournaments Are Under Way!
Invite Family and Friends to the Virtual Awards Ceremonies for the Online Tournaments!
District virtual awards ceremonies have begun! Invite family and friends to virtual watch parties to celebrate Power of the Pen writers' accomplishments at the online district tournaments. The ceremonies can be viewed on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
The most recent ceremonies posted are:
The virtual awards programs will remain on Facebook and YouTube so that you can watch them at any time. Additional ceremonies will be announced as they are scheduled.
2019 Book of Winners AvailableFeaturing 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.
High School Sophomore and Power of the Pen Alum Wins New York Times Narrative Contest
Annie Johnson never imagined that her entry in The New York Times personal narrative contest would capture the attention of judges. Better luck next year, she thought as she submitted her story. In January 2021, Annie learned that judges not only noticed her piece, “The Bottom of a Swimming Pool,” but they also named it a top winner among 9,000 entries. A former Power of the Pen writer and current sophomore at Dublin Coffman High School, Annie credits Power of the Pen with teaching her to make the greatest emotional impact in the fewest number of words.
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. 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.
Power of the Pen Photo and
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!