Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

2018/2019 Tournaments

Registration for the 2018-19 Tournaments will begin on September 1. Below are the District Tournaments currently scheduled. Please check back soon for confirmation of all the Tournaments.

For 2018-19 Power of the Pen will hold 8 Regional Tournaments. When you register, please choose one of the District Tournaments within your region.

Pick Your Region

Northwest         Northern      Northeast

Western            Central        Eastern

Southwest            Southern

2016 POP State Tournament Results

Hudson Middle School (Summit County), Birchwood Middle School (Cuyahoga County), and Coy Middle School (Greene County) claimed the top three team trophies at the 2016 Power of the Pen State Finals, held May 26-27, 2016, at The College of Wooster.

The tournament hosted 703 competitors representing schools throughout Ohio. 368 teachers judged the tournament.

Click here to download the 2016 State Finals Post-Tournament Report.

Tournament Chart

Click on the image for the latest schedule of tournaments:

Member Benefits

1. Interscholastic Competitions
» Power of the Pen provides the opportunity for schools to meet and compete in three levels of formal, tournament competition: District, Regional, and State.

» There were 43 events scheduled throughout Ohio for the 2015-2016 academic year. More than 7,500 students took part.

» Throughout each tournament season, Power of the Pen is the direct stimulus for more than 25,000 pieces of student writing that would not otherwise have been produced.

2. Teacher Training
» Power of the Pen provides teacher training in new ways of promoting and evaluating excellence in written instruction.

» POP also provides a forum for interscholastic teacher conferencing and a statewide networking infrastructure.

3. Instructional Aids/Publications
» Participating schools receive valuable materials for use in their classrooms, including creative writing prompts and models of excellence tutorials.

» Power of the Pen also publishes its Book of Winners annually, and Book of Prompts every five years, where “best-of-the-best” writings and instructional practices are chronicled.

Join Now for 2018/2019!

Schools may enter a full writing team of up to 12 students (1-6 seventh graders and 1-6 eighth graders) for an Entry Fee of $400.

Or a school may enter a writing team at either grade level (up to six students at either the 7th or 8th grade level) for $300.

The Entry Fee covers the cost of:

  • This year's Membership in Power of the Pen and materials which may be used effectively in the classroom as well as for preparing writing teams
  • District participation
  • Regional participation
Each school is guaranteed that (at least) one District contestent at each grade level registered at District will be qualified to continue to the Regional level.

Registration for membership begins September 5, 2018, and requires schools to pay annual dues.

Power of the Pen
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