December 7

2023 Write to Win! Statewide Writing Contest


We are accepting entries to the 2023 annual Write to Win! Statewide Writing Contest open to students and teachers. 

Each teacher can enter up to 15 student manuscripts and there is no entry fee. No student may have more than two pieces entered, total, and only one per genre. 

Teachers may enter two pieces, only one per genre. In addition, teachers may enter up to 5 student sentences (limit one per student) and one teacher sentence. (Sentences do not count against the total of 15 other entries. Sentences can be taken from larger pieces of writing.) Please do NOT enter pieces previously entered in other statewide contests.

Read the following guidelines for entries:

  • All entries must be attached to an email sent from teacher’s school email address. Each entry must be a separate email.
  • Winners in each division will be invited to the OWP Spring Celebration & Writing Conference and will have their writing published in the 2023 Anthology of Winning Writing and on the OWP Website. Winners and their teachers will receive free anthologies of winning writing.
  • Students and teachers will be competing against others in their own divisions and genres. Divisions are determined by grade rather than by school level: Primary (pre-K though 2nd); Intermediate, (grades 3-5); Middle School (grades 6-8); High School, (grades 9-12), and Teacher.

Students and teachers have several genres to choose from:

Descriptive Paragraph

Describe a person, a place, an object, a feeling. The paragraph can be an excerpt from a larger piece of writing or can be complete in itself. Put the reader there with sensory details and telling facts. Limit 150 words.

Personal Narrative

Write a personal memoir or a narration of an event in your life. Try to cover a very short period of time. Details are important. Be sure to use active, vivid verbs. Combine description with action to put the reader there. Limit 2000 words.


It can rhyme, but it doesn’t have to. It can be metered or free verse. Try including similes, metaphors. personification. Experiment with repetition, alliteration, onomatopoeia. Limit, 66 lines.

Short Story

Create the characters and come up with a conflict. Put those characters in a place and time and see what they decide to do. Try weaving together action, dialogue, and description to keep the reader involved. Limit 2000 words. Longer stories will be disqualified.

Flash Fiction

Also called “sudden fiction,” this genre packs a punch with a small amount of text. A complete story includes the traditional elements of setting, characterization, and conflict. Choose a time and place, narrow your focus, start in the middle of the action, keep the reader guessing, and end with a bang or a twist! Limit 100 words.


Stand up for an issue; change someone’s mind. You can pick the topic. Suggestions? Comment on controversial issues, current events, art, television, movies, books, videos, video games, products. Show us how to look at something from another viewpoint. If you cite sources, do it correctly! Limit 1000 words.

Writing Across the Curriculum

You can also enter writing you did in a class other than language arts—science, social studies, math, etc. (Description, Narration, Poetry, Essay) Limit 1000 words.


Write a sentence, any kind, any length, any subject. Be creative. One winner for each grade level. Hint: Using figurative language and poetic devices might help you win.


Use drawing and words to tell a story. Use color or black and white. It can be one panel or multiple panels. Limit 2 pages (Standard Letter size 8.5 by 11 inch). Upload a PNG or JPEG of your comic into a Word document.

More Information

For more information, check out the teacher instructions on our Write to Win Contest page or download the flyer.

2023 Write to Win Oklahoma Student and Teacher Statewide Writing Contest


Write to Win Contest

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