BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR OR ILLUSTRATOR

FOR CHILDREN IN 3RD-12TH GRADE

Become one of a hundred children from around the world to be featured in our annual antholgy.

CONTEST DETAILS

  • Free to enter
  • Students submit their plays (story) and songs (poetry).
  • Special opportunities to submit artwork for cover designs.
  • Classroom support available for school entries.
  • 100 students each year are selected for publication and honored at the iWRITE Annual Fall Event where they walk the red carpet and autograph books for attendees. All winners receive their own hardback anthology and gifts from our sponsors!

Need help writing your play? Check out our PlayWRITE tips HERE.

How do I start you may ask? Where do ideas come from?

Anywhere. Everywhere. Still no ideas? Here are just a few possibilities: A line of dialogue. A title. A character, either fictitious or based on someone you’ve met or observed or read about. A historical event. A theme or issue. Anything you’ve seen… even what may seem uninteresting like seeing a woman wait for the bus or a little boy walking his dog. An object or photograph. Something in the newspaper. Your own life or perhaps someone in your family (like that great Uncle Freddie who’s always the life of the annual Thanksgiving dinners). Anything you care about and that’s the point. You can’t write about something which isn’t in some way really REALLY important to you. If you don’t care about the story, who else will? Plays come from experience, imagination, and knowledge. You’ve got all three. Mix them together and write about what you know, deep inside. Plays that work, regardless of their genre, style or structure, give the audience a sense of truth.

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!

Learn about the impact of becoming published by watching the video below!

MEET THE 2020 WINNERS   

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