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.
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Registration for the 2022-2023 season will open September 1, 2022.
The tournament season features three levels of tournaments: district, regional, and state. A schedule of dates and locations for 2022-2023 will be published in late summer 2022.
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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.
Teams who register early receive a discounted rate. Pricing has not yet been set for 2022-2023. The initial registration costs below were for the 2021-2022 season; updated prices will be posted as soon as they are available. The initial registration fee 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 the 2021-2022 tournament dates and locations. The map will be updated to 2022-2023 as soon as the tournament schedule is set.
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.