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! The iWRITE Non-Profit Organization offers students the opportunity to submit their writing and artwork to our annual publishing contest. This year’s theme is Sports Writing and Sports Artwork. Fiction and Non-fiction short stories or articles, poetry, and art submissions are accepted from August 2022 through April 2023. The finalists will be named in September 2023. Our winners will be announced on our website and published in the I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids 14th Volume Anthology. One hundred and twenty-five winners will be chosen and will receive one complimentary copy of the Anthology. Editor’s Choice Recipients will have the chance to read their work at iWRITE’s Annual Book Signing Celebration and receive additional media opportunities and prizes.
When preparing your entry, be sure to consider all of the different ways to incorporate sports into your writing. Sports writing has also been seen as a form of journalism where the event or athlete is the subject. There are numerous sports to consider, even when writing poetry. Consider Olympic-related events, athletes who are positive role models, problems that arise in sports, traditional sports, and seasonal sports, from surfing to quidditch to the Special Olympics, there is so much to consider, even if you don’t have experience playing a sport. Consider interviewing an athlete or if you are an athlete, utilizing your unique knowledge. Your goal as a writer is to allow your reader to relate and feel like they are a part of the story.