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.
Click on the picture of Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor author, to see how Power of the Pen shaped her journey as a writer.
Registration for the 2023-2024 season is open now.
The tournament season features three levels of tournaments: district, regional, and state. Schedules will be posted for 2023-2024 tournaments as soon as they are available. Click here to learn more about tournaments.
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. 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. December 1 and later, please contact the regional director before registering a team. Regions can be found on the Tournaments page, and the regional directors' contact information is on the region page.
Prices for 2023-2024 are as follows:
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 beginning 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 for a schedule of tournament dates and locations for the 2023-2024 season. TBD locations will be updated as soon as they are finalized.
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.