Welcome to the 2023 Young Writers Contest

KET Education is excited to announce the 2023 Young Writers Contest is open for submissions! The annual contest seeks to celebrate creativity through four categories of writing – Illustrated Story, Short Story, Poetry, and Graphic Novels. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, March 31, 2023. Entries are accepted from public, private, parochial, and homeschool learning spaces within Kentucky. Winners will be announced no later than May 30, 2023.

Looking for inspiration? You can read the last year’s winning stories and poems as well as listen to audio versions from the authors themselves! Plus, don’t miss our new Creative Writing Toolkits that supply classroom-ready lessons and activities to guide you in introducing and exploring our contest categories.

Register now for virtual visits

As if back-to-school isn’t exciting enough, we’re excited to announce the authors, illustrators, and creators included in the 2022-2023 On the Same Page series!

These 30-minute, LIVE, FREE, virtual sessions will bring award-winning, nationally recognized, and published creators directly to your students to explore the variety of processes, inspirations, and backgrounds found within the world of writing and illustrating. In addition to learning from, and working alongside these authors, copies of authors’ works will be given away during each session. Check out the line-up and register now to secure your spot.


Contest Categories

Illustrated Stories | PreK-12

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

Open Rules PDF | Open Scoring Rubric PDF

Graphic Novels | K-12

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

Open Rules PDF | Open Scoring Rubric PDF

Poetry | K-12

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

Open Rules PDF | Open Scoring Rubric PDF

Short Stories | K-12

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

Open Rules PDF | Open Scoring Rubric PDF

Prizes for each category include a $100 Amazon gift card for 1st place, a $50 Amazon gift card for 2nd place, and a $25 Amazon gift card for 3rd place.

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.