Annual Publishing Contest
“I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids” Anthology
Publishing is a powerful incentive for learning and is a unique way to validate that a child’s voice should be heard. Each year, young writers in the 3rd-12th grade all across the globe have the chance to be published authors. This first taste of success can last a lifetime!
Congratulations to our 2021 winners!
- Free to enter
- Students submit their short stories (fiction or non-fiction), poetry, and illustrations.
- Classroom support is available for school entries.
- This year, 1,000 students will be selected for publication. Students will be invited to our annual book signing celebration and the official Guinness World Record judging event in Houston, TX held in the fall of 2022.
Need some inspiration on Texas? Check out our Get Inspired! resources HERE.
“i” The Guy Creative Writing Program for Schools
Encourage a Love of Writing in your Classroom!
iWRITE’s exciting in-school and after-school programming guides students through the entire writing process, teaching students to brainstorm, write rough drafts, revise, and submit their finished work. Students will learn how to work toward entering our annual publishing contest!
Reach out today to learn about how to get the “i” The Guy Creative Writing Program in your classroom!
Encourage a love of writing for your students
- 15-week curriculum and resources
- iWRITE Ambassadors from local colleges and universities will assist in one-on-one and group support
- Expertly designed ‘i” The Guy Writing journal for each student
- Visits from your student’s trusted writing mentor: “i” The Guy!
iWRITE Youth Leadership Club
(Offered in the Greater Houston Area & Virtual)
Allowing students to step into leadership roles now will prepare them for college, their careers and beyond.
Members have opportunities to:
- Network with other writers
- Serve as summer camp counselors
- Mentor younger writers
- Help plan and organize community projects
- Become public speakers
- Design and write for the iWRITER Magazine
Check Out Our Magazine!
The iWRITER MAGAZINE
Managed by the iWRITE Youth Club, The iWRITER is a magazine written, designed and published by kids for kids.
The 16-page quarterly magazine focuses on themes that interest young people. Each of our columnists (12 to 18 years old) write personal and informational articles, fiction, non-fiction stories and poetry dedicated to each issue’s topic and theme.
The first digital magazine was released in May 2020, and focused on the global, COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which has changed every student’s life.
The iWRITER Magazine gives young people an opportunity to share their feelings and perspective with others.
Students from all over the world are invited to apply to join the magazine staff or become a contributor. Meetings are held virtually.
Writing Workshops & Camps
Due to COVID-19 all workshops are held virtually.
iWRITE’s workshops give students the chance to be fully immersed in the creative writing process and learn directly from professional authors and illustrators!
Virtual Workshop are great for “AT HOME” Learning!
- Students work on writing their very own fictional story.
- PLUS receive a professional illustration!
- Critical thinking skills sharpen
- Vocabulary grows
- Spelling improves
- Communication becomes more effective
- Self-confidence swells
- Eagerness for sharing original ideas develops
- A love for reading established
- Pride in their work increases
According to the Brookings Institute, students can lose an average of an entire month’s worth of learning over summer break.
To help battle the “summer slide” access to learning resources such as iWRITE’s Virtual Summer Camps and Workshops can be essential in sustaining academic momentum.
iWRITE offers in-person camps throughout the Greater Houston area and virtual summer camps.
Enroll today, or donate to give a child the gift of a lifelong love for writing!
iWRITE KIDS Online Membership Program
All upper-elementary kids should have access to a writing program that sparks their imagination and sharpens their writing skills.
That’s why we created iWRITE KIDS Online!
When we empower children to write, we give them a voice; because what they have to say to the world matters.
Empower children to write
- Affordable at only $10 a month
- Welcome gift in the mail from “i” The Guy!
- Weekly writing challenges and prizes
- See your character come to life with illustrator, Ryan Shaw
- Fun and engaging animated curriculum
- Opportunity to publish your work in the iWRITE online writing room
Thank You to our Program Partners, Collaborators, and In-Kind Donors!
Alief ISD hosts after-school workshops for students.
The foundation has supported iWRITE’s capacity building and distributes iWRITE’s books through its home library program.
Firat Education hosts free summer camps for Houston’s students.
HCC’s education students volunteer for programs and events.
Houston ISD is an “i” The Guy partner school, and their students often enter the annual publishing contest.
The Houston Public Library’s librarians serve as judges for iWRITE’s annual publishing contest. They are also collaborating with iWRITE to host after-school workshops in Houston’s most underserved neighborhoods.
Long Tale manages printing, publication, and distribution of all iWRITE books.
Literacy Now hosts literacy nights and works with iWRITE Youth Club volunteers.
Spring Branch ISD is an “i” The Guy partner school, and their students often enter the annual publishing contest.
Texas Tamale supports the annual Literacy in the Bag book drive and helps distribute books to “i” The Guy schools.
Through AmeriCorp, the University of Houston’s education department provides volunteers for in school programming and events.
Square Cow supports the annual Literacy in the Bag book drive and helps distribute books to “i” The Guy schools.
Houston’s Youth Development Center has provided funding for two creative writing summer camps.
CKW Luxe has assisted with acquisition of spaces for creative writing workshops.
The Asia Society has hosted professional development programs for teachers; has helped develop programs for elementary and middle-school children that promote cultural connections and support the global competency movement.