Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
In Power of the Pen, students find a place to belong, where they can share and celebrate creative writing with coaches and peers. 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.
Click on the picture of Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor author, to see how Power of the Pen shaped her journey as a writer.
Schools may register both a 7th grade team and an 8th grade team, or they may choose to register just one grade level. Registration for the 2021-2022 season is expected to open September 1, 2021.
Pricing is still being finalized for 2021-2022. Teams who register early receive a discounted rate. In the 2020-2021 season, the cost to enroll before October 15 was $300 for an individual 7th or 8th grade team, and $400 for a full team of writers, 7th and 8th grade combined.
The cost to enroll October 15-December 1 was $350 for an individual 7th or 8th grade team, and $450 for a full team of 7th and 8th grade writers.
Teams may register after December 1, subject to availability. Last season's cost after December 1 was $400 for an individual 7th or 8th grade team, and $500 for a full team of 7th and 8th grade writers.
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.
Register early! Schools are accepted at each tournament on a first-come, first-served basis, and many of our districts fill up quickly.
Tournament dates and locations are still being finalized for 2021-2022. Click on the map to the right to see where 2020-2021 tournaments were scheduled.
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 email@example.com with questions.