Welcome to the 2023 Young Writers Contest

KET Education is honored to announce the 2023 KET Young Writers Contest winners. Our judges have been impressed by the compelling stories, strong characters, and emotional imagery included across each of the 2,400+ entries received. They have laughed-out-loud, cheered for the hero, and even shed some tears. With so many amazing works, we look forward to honoring and celebrating the stories and poems that have risen to the top of an incredibly talented pool of entries. 

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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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

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