Creative Writing Contest


Creative Writing Contest

The Iowa Reading Association is sponsoring our annual Young Authors CREATIVE WRITING contest for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade during the 2019-2020 school year. Local councils are encouraged to have students enter the contest. They may write and submit an ORIGINAL poem or short story in prose form. Students may enter one or both styles of writing. Teachers should offer the opportunity to all students, but should respect any student who is not interested in participating.

PLEASE NOTE: All entries must be submitted to the local council for judging. Any building wishing to submit entries must have at least one person who is a MEMBER of the local council to qualify to enter the Creative Writing contest!

In all cases, the entries must be proofread before entering the contest. Spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors must be corrected! Doing so not only provides opportunity for further writing education, but it also produces the desired finished product. (If any co-authors are entered from the same grade level, they will be judged along with their respective grade level single author entries.)

Entries that are selected as first place at the local level advance to the state-level competition. There will be three poems and three short stories recognized in each of the grade levels. First place winners and their teachers will be notified by mail. They will be invited to attend the Young Authors Celebration during the Iowa Reading Association’s Annual Conference in Ames, where they will be recognized and honored at a reception. Congratulatory letters and certificates will be mailed to the second and third place winners at each level. First, second and third place state winners will be posted on the Iowa Reading Association website.

Only stories and poems labeled correctly, including ALL information, will be considered for the State Creative Writing Contest!

NEW! Local contest deadlines should be printed on the entries.

*For a map of your local reading council see below.*

2019-2020 Creative Writing Guidelines: PDF | DOC

2019-2020 Creative Writing Entry Form: PDF | DOC

2019-2020 Creative Writing Local Council Deadlines

2019-2020 Creative Writing - State Only

2019-2020 State Only Member Entry Form: PDF | DOC

2018-2019 Creative Writing Winners

2019 Iowa Reading Association Short Story Contest Winners

2019 Iowa Reading Association Poetry Contest Winners

Iowa Reading Association's Region Map

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