Who can participate?
The Young Writers Program is open to all District 181 3rd - 8th grade students. Any student who wishes to participate can do so.
How do we sign up?
Parents should use the registration button on this page to sign up all of the children in their family that would like to participate. Registration closes on January 31, 2023. Written work is due by February 10, 2023. It should be submitted here.
What should students write about?
Students can write about any topic they wish, whatever is on their minds. They can write a new piece specifically for the book or they can submit something they have already finished and are proud of.
Students do not need to write something new for the book if they don't wish to.
What type of writing can be submitted?
Any type! Write a descriptive paragraph, describe an experience, write an opinion piece, compose a poem, create a short story, develop a graphic story or comic, etc.
No Minimum Length Requirement. Maximum Length: 1000 words
Most submissions are significantly shorter than the maximum word count.
February 3, 2023
Written Work Due
February 10, 2023
Young Writers Night
April 13, 2023, 6:30pm
Young Writers and their families are invited to this fun evening celebrating writers and writing. That night students can:
More details will be available later!
What should the cover art depict?
Anything students would like to share that reflects the theme “On Our Minds”
Who can participate?
All District 181 students are eligible to participate.
What type of artwork can be submitted?·
Artwork can be digital or on paper using any type of media.· No size or dimensions requirement – the cover will be designed to fit the dimensions of the winning piece.· DO NOT include the title of the book in your artwork.
How should the artwork be formatted for submission?
Artwork must be submitted in jpg or pdf format and uploaded through the button below. If a piece created on paper cannot be scanned or photographed at home, please contact us for help.
Friday, February 10, 2023·
Care should be taken in photographing or scanning the artwork. Submissions that are low resolution, have shadows, are strangely angled, show paper crumples, creases, or have other technical issues will not be published.
Our 2022 Young Writers Event enlisted 19 district teachers to mentor 255 young writers and artists who shared thoughts on the theme "Anything is Possible." The collection of artwork, short stories, poems, and essays were bound in a beautiful book that was given to all of the student participants and mentors.