Welcome to the 2022 Young Writers Contest

Thanks to all who entered the 2022 KET Young Writers Contest! The judges were overwhelmed by the quality and creativity they saw from our Kentucky writers. We received over 1,200 entries from all corners of the state. Congratulations to our winners and to ALL those who submitted work! What you have created is quite an accomplishment. You can now read the winning stories and poems as well as listen to audio versions from the authors themselves!

The 2023 contest will launch in fall 2022. Check back soon for details!


Contest Categories

Illustrated Stories | PreK-12

Written work with associated visual illustrations, created through any choice of mediums. 

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Graphic Novels | K-12

Written work with strongly integrated visual illustrations that has a purposeful narrative.

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Poetry | K-12

Written work made of carefully chosen words to create images or explore an idea

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Short Stories | K-12

Well-crafted work of fiction that consists only of text and has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

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Additional Resources

About Judging

Learn more about the Young Writers Contest judging process.

Past Winners

Enjoy a selection of past Young Writers Contest winners.

Associated Rights

Review the rights associated with the Young Writers Contest.

Virtual Author Visits

Hear about process straight from professional poets, graphic novelists, authors and visual artists.

Toolkits and Resources for Writers

View free writing and art resources to instruct and inspire students, including our NEW free Graphic Novel and Poetry Toolkits.