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Creative Writing

2023 Creative Writing Contest

Theme: Write a story from the perspective of an Animal
Entries now being accepted. 


Key Dates

January 4 - Submissions Open

February 17th at Midnight - Submissions Closed

March 11th -  Awards Ceremony

Contest Rules

1. Open to 8th grade students in South Florida. One entry per student. Entries limited to a maximum of 500 words, 12-point font, typed and/or Word or PDF file format.  Essays must be written in English. Essay Format ONLY.

2. The top 10 finalists will be invited to the Awards Ceremony on March 11th, 2023. Of the finalists, three winning essays will be selected by a team of judges based on the following criteria: attention to theme, originality and depth of meaning.

3. Essays must be received via online entry form (below) by Feb. 17th, 2023

Creative Writing Judging Criteria

1. Splendid prose

2. Attention to theme

3. Depth of meaning

4. Depth of expression

5. Originality

6. Genuineness of voice

7. Grammatical correctness

Prizes Awarded

1st Place Winning Student Essay receives $750 in cash and prizes

2nd Place wins $500

3rd Place wins $250

Winning Teachers receive:

1st Place wins $350

2nd Place wins $250

3rd Place wins $150

**When your class submits 5 essays, your school will be entered into a raffle to win a cash prize of $500

Please be sure to include your name at the top of your essay, as well as your name in the file name of the pdf.

"Student Name JrOB CW Essay.pdf"


Creative Writing Chair: Jenny Lopez-Ponce

Director: Anthony Broad

Committee Members: Connie Goodman-Milone & Jennifer Forbes


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