Welcome to the 2024 KET Young Writers Contest!

Thank you to all of the writers who participated in the 2024 KET Young Writers Contest! The submission window is closed and KET Education is excited to announce that judging has begun. Judges from across KET, as well as from partners like Western Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Murray State University, have begun reading entries. With over 1,400 submissions this year, they have a big job ahead of them!

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 or non-fiction that consists only of text and has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

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Prizes are awarded at various levels within each category and include $200 Amazon gift cards for 1st places, $100 Amazon gift cards for 2nd places, and $50 Amazon gift cards for 3rd places.

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.

On the Same Page Virtual Visits

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

Creative Writing Toolkits

Toolkits with classroom-ready lessons to introduce Graphic Novel, Poetry, Illustrated Story and Short Story experiences in your learning spaces.