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Olentangy Schools

Olentangy students in grades 3 - 8 are invited to submit their original writing to the annual writing competition.

Submission Guidelines

Welcome to the sixth annual Inklings Writing Competition. This year we celebrate Olentangy’s hundreds of young writers who have participated and been recognized over the years for their creativity and skill in writing.

We invite any Olentangy student in grades 3 - 8 to submit their original writing to IWC 2021. Please read these submission guidelines carefully as some details have changed.

There are FOUR categories of writing:  Fiction, Poetry, Argument, and Writing Live. All Olentangy students in grades 3-8 are eligible, except for Writing Live (grades 6-8 only)

The categories:

Fiction: Student-written, ORIGINAL stories and narratives

Poetry: Student-written, ORIGINAL poems of any style

Argument: Take a Stand! Write about an issue, using evidence to support your claims  

Writing Live: New this year! Students in grades 6-8 can participate in a real-time writing experience on Saturday, April 10th from 10-noon. Participants will write on-demand to a fiction AND a nonfiction prompt in two 45-minute rounds. Register here by April 1st. Submission criteria will be shared after registration.

Submission criteria for Fiction, Poetry & Argument ONLY:

  • Student entries can not exceed three double-spaced pages in length.  While excerpts from longer pieces are acceptable, the writing must stand alone on its own merits.
  • All entries must be original student writing. Fan fiction entries are discouraged, along with other extensions of movie and book plots. Be creative!  Single-author entries only this year. Parents - please be an encouraging “audience” for your young writer but do not edit their entry.
  • Students must submit entries online to their building’s Gifted Intervention Specialist by Friday, March 19th at 4 p.m. The district Inklings Team will not accept entries directly from students, parents, or classroom teachers. Students may submit one entry in each category if they wish to do so, but all entries must be sent electronically and named following this pattern: OSMS_6th Fiction_TSmith (school_grade category_student’s name). Not sure of your GIS’s name and/or email address? Click here. CDL students should submit to their home building.
  • Only student entries that receive a superior ranking at the building level will be submitted for the district-wide Inklings Awards. Gifted Intervention Specialists can provide a copy of the holistic scoring rubric used in the competition if requested.

Each building GIS will submit the building entries online by Friday, April 16th at 4 p.m. No paper copies or late entries will be judged. The GISs will combine the “superior” entries into one Google folder and will share it with the Inklings Team contact, Judy Jones (judith_jones@olsd.us). All Writing Live entries will be judged at the district level.