I Write Contest



About the Contest

The iWRITE Literacy Non-Profit Organization offers students in the 3rd-12th grades the opportunity to submit short stories, poetry and art work to our annual publishing contest called, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids. We will pick 100 winners to be published in our anthology and invited to our big annual book signing celebration in Houston, Texas.

This is a great opportunity for children to see their work professionally published and available at bookstores and online at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. Being published at a young age is great for future resumes and applications! All profits made from the sale of I Write books are used at the organization to run our programs and get free I Write Anthologies into the hands of students at title one schools.

Join our team of published kids and be sure to submit your online applications by May 31stFirst round submissions are accepted January through May 31st. Finalists will be named September 1st. Our winners will be announced on our website and published in the next anthology, released in the wintertime. All winners will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology and tickets to the book signing celebration.

Cover Art & Editor’s Choice

This year’s theme is Outer Space. Your submission can be anything associated with Outer Space, or simply space, the expanse that exists beyond the Earth and between celestial bodies (Moon, Sun, planets, etc.). As artists, we understand that there are many ways to interpret the theme. If you have questions, please feel free to send your questions to info@iwrite.org.

Editor’s Choice Winners receive both special recognition at our annual luncheon and the opportunity to read their published work during the event. To be eligible for Editor’s Choice, students must incorporate the theme of Outer Space in their submission. Submissions must be fictional and students can connect the theme with their story elements (setting, characters, plot, etc.). For authenticity purposes, we recommend students research the information about space. The submission must meet the initial contest requirements and be able to deliver a meaningful message. The submission must also be able to motivate or move the audience.

We highly encourage you to include some aspect of the theme in your story and/or poem.


Click here to download and print the contest rules!


Download informational flyer here

Download contest poster here

Download contest press release here