Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
In Power of the Pen, students learn writing skills that last a lifetime. Power of the Pen writers not only receive individualized support in 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.
Use the pull-down menu on the "Registration" tab to select a level of participation and register.
Download a registration flyer to share with your local school. Click on the picture of Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor author, to see how Power of the Pen shaped her journey as a writer.
The tournament season features three levels of tournaments: district, regional, and state. District and regional tournaments will be held online in 2021-2022 to help ensure participants' safety during the ongoing pandemic. District tournaments are held in January-February, regionals in February-March, and state in May. The state tournament will be held in person if it is safe to do so. If we cannot gather for the state tournament, it will be held online.
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Schools may register both a 7th grade team and an 8th grade team, or they may choose to register just one grade level. Up to six writers at each participating grade level may compete in a tournament. Coaches are encouraged to recruit larger creative writing clubs, ultimately choosing six writers and two alternates at each grade level for the district tournament. Registration for the 2021-22 season opens September 1, 2021.
Teams who register early receive a discounted rate. The initial registration at the cost below includes participation in the district tournament, as well as the regional tournament for those who qualify. The state tournament involves an additional writer fee, as well as costs for meals and lodging.
Early Bird Rate for Registration September 1 Through October 15:
Rate for Registration October 16 Through November 30:
Rate December 1 and Later (Subject to Availability):
Preparing to Register
To register September 1, schools should have a coach and a commitment from the school principal to participate. Team members' names, up to six team members per grade level, may be filled in later. Teams are also required to provide one judge per grade level in which students are participating. Judges' names may be filled in later, as well.
Register early! Schools are accepted at each tournament on a first-come, first-served basis, and many of our districts fill up quickly.
Click on the map to the right to see dates and virtual hosts schools for the 2021-2022 tournaments.
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!Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.