Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
State Awards Ceremony on Facebook and YouTube
State Awards Ceremony
The state awards ceremony was posted at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page! The video remains available for those who couldn't watch at that time. Presenters include guest author Jack Gantos, poet George Bilgere, alum Sage Boggs, and other alumni, as well! Congratulations to all of the writers who participated in the state tournament!
Power of the Pen Alum Wins New York Times Narrative Contest
In January 2021, Power of the Pen alum Annie Johnson learned that her story, “The Bottom of a Swimming Pool,” was a top winner among 9,000 entries in The New York Times personal narrative contest. 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. Read more ...
Get Ready for the 2021-2022
It's time for schools to put plans in place for next year's Power of the Pen teams! 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 planned to open September 1, 2021. Visit the registration page for details.
Visit the State Tournament Page
The 2021 State Tournament was held online on Saturday, May 15, with Otterbein University serving as the virtual host. Check out the state tournament page for details on the tournament, books by guest author Jack Gantos, and more.
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!
2021 Platinum Pen Award Winners - Submit Photos Here!Platinum Pen Award winners, you are eligible for publication in the 2021 Book of Winners! 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.