YOUTH WRITING CONTESTS

Calling all young writers in grades 5th-12th! StoryStudio Chicago is pleased to host a youth writing contest with two winners receiving a cash prize or admission into a youth writing class. Details can be found below, and winning pieces will be published on our website and newsletter. 

The 2022 contest is: An Ode to The Thing I Love (or Loathe)

CONTEST HAS ENDED.

This year, StoryStudio Chicago is pleased to invite you to enter our annual poetry contest with the chance to win a $100 cash prize or free enrollment in a single-session workshop by February 2023! All submissions must be in the form of an ode. 

The ode is one of the oldest forms of poetry and believed to have come from ancient Greece. The word ‘ode’ is derived from the Greek word ‘aeidein’ which means ‘to sing or chant’, and these poems were originally performed with a musical instrument. An ode is typically written to praise a person, event or thing (you could write an ode to your pet or favorite food!)” (from Penguin Random House) 

Submissions will open on March 21 and close on April 18 at midnight. A guest judge will anonymously choose one winner from the 5th-8th grade division, and one winner from the 9th-12th grade division. The decisions of the judge are final and binding. Winners in each division will be individually notified of the results by email provided no later than April 25

Guidelines & Rules:

  1. Participants must currently be in grades 5 – 12 and have parent/guardian consent. 
  2. Your poem must be original and unpublished. Any plagiarized entries will be immediately disqualified. 
  3. Your poem must be in the form of an ODE (see description above) and no less than 50 words and no more than 200 (words NOT characters, not including Title or other pertinent information). Please be sure to monitor your word count!
  4. Your ode will be judged based on one or more of the following features:
    • Strong sensory details
    • Figurative language and sound devices including but not limited to simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, etc.
    • Powerful diction (word choice)
    • A new and interesting way of appreciating something familiar. 
  • *It does not have to: 
    • –contain all the features above, but can if the poet wants
    • –rhyme except by choice of the poet 
    • –be serious in tone – it can be funny, cynical, etc.
  1. You are allowed to enter up to two poems; a separate entry is required for each poem. 
  2. Immediate family members of any SSC Faculty, Staff, or Board of Directors cannot submit. 
  3. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. 

General Information:

  1. A guest judge will anonymously choose one winner from the 5th-8th grade division, and one winner from the 9th-12th grade division. The decisions of the judge are final and binding.
  2. Entrants retain all publication rights.
  3. Prizes for Best Poem will be awarded: $100 cash prize or tuition waiver for a single-session workshop by February 2023. 
  4. Submission will be open on March 21st and close on April 18th at midnight on 
  5. Submittable. Once a poem entry is submitted, it cannot be unsubmitted for revision or editing. It may be permanently withdrawn for other reasons, but not resubmitted. Please read all information carefully before making a final submission. 
  6. Winners in each division will be individually notified of the results by email provided no later than April 25
  7. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Formatting: 

  1. Include only a TITLE on your poem document–no NAME, ADDRESS, or other personal information should appear on your poem (that will automatically be collected during submission). 
  2. Double-spaced, 12 point font

Submission:

  1. Please save your poem as a Word Document (not PDF) with the Title of poem and your grade. 
  • For Example: “Ode to Summer_10th Grade” 
  1. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER INFORMATION on your document! 

When you are ready, please submit your poem by clicking the button below.


SUBMISSIONS OPEN THROUGH APRIL 18