Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

2024 State Tournament Quick Links

*Prepare for Possible Friday Rain, Bring an Umbrella or Poncho!*

Click through the following links for helpful information and resources for your State Tournament preparations!

Please note that all payments are due May 5th, 2024 at midnight. 


2023 State Tournament photos by JW Cooper Photography

The Power of the Pen

Seventh- and eighth-grade students learn writing skills that last a lifetime in Power of the Pen.

Power of the Pen empowers young people to find and develop their own unique creative voice through participating in district, regional, and state writing tournaments.

The Power of Competition

Nearly 300 schools across Ohio currently compete in Power of the Pen. Schools select a coach, register in the fall for tournaments, then form Power of the Pen teams/creative writing clubs to prepare for tournaments held in the winter and spring. The thrill of competition provides strong motivation for practice.

The Power of Mentors

Each participating team gets ready for competition using the Book of Winners, which features the the most compelling student writing from the previous season. During team practices, students engage in conversations about the writer’s craft and the impact of these stories written by their peers. 

The Power of Collaboration

These conversations teach student writers how to collaborate and give feedback on each other's writing. Participation in Power of the Pen improves writing skills and confidence, enhances leadership skills, and encourages teamwork.

Published authors, museum and library directors, engineers, marketing professionals, teachers – these are just a few of the many alumni who credit Power of the Pen with helping them develop the skills that led to their successful careers. 

Start planning now to have a Power of the Pen team! Email info@powerofthepen.org for details.


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!


Click here to get started!


Click the image above for our 2024 State Tournament Schedule of Events!


2023 Book of Winners
Available for Purchase


The 2023 Book of Winners is now available for purchase. This edition features Platinum Pen winners of the 2022-2023 season. Click here for an index of students whose writing appears in the book.

Not only is the Book of Winners an excellent model of the best 7th and 8th grade writing, but it is also fun to read. Purchase your copy today!


Order Power of the Pen Swag

Check out hoodies, T-shirts, and more for writers, coaches, parents, alumni, and friends of Power of the Pen!




Power of the Pen
PO Box 2640  |  North Canton, Ohio 44720
info@powerofthepen.org

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