Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Author Jack Gantos: Featured State Tournament Speaker

The 2021 State Tournament opens with a keynote from guest author Jack Gantos at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14. A humorous and engaging presenter, Jack will share an inspiring message about his writing career and his best advice for student writers. State participants will receive a link to the webinar.

Jack has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. Of special interest to writers and coaches is his book Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories. Visit the state tournament page for details on Jack’s career and information on ordering his books through Amazon Smile! Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Power of the Pen when you choose us as your designated charity in Amazon Smile.

Watch Awards Ceremonies
on YouTube and Facebook 

If you missed the district and regional awards ceremonies when they were first posted, you can still view them on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page. Congratulations to all of the writers who participated in Power of the Pen this season!

 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
Power of the Pen Season!

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 State Tournament Page 

The 2021 State Tournament will be 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
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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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.

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