The 2024 Young Writers Contest is Coming Soon!

The 2024 KET Young Writers Contest will launch on January 1 and run through March 31. If your writers would like to get started ahead of time, the contest categories, rules and rubrics are available below. Need some inspiration? You can read the 2023 winning entries online now!


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.