CA/HI Creative Writing Festivals

The ACSI Creative Writing Festival provides the opportunity for young authors to have their work evaluated by judges. Works that receive a Superior rating will be re-evaluated at a regional level, and select works will be included in a regional publication. All work is submitted by mail, students do not travel. A school may register a maximum of four (4) students per grade level.

Grade Level Divisions: 

  • Grades 4–5
  • Grades 6–8
  • Grade 9–12


  • Rhymed Poetry
  • Free Verse Poetry
  • Essay
  • Short Story

Three judges will evaluate each work.  An average of the three scores will determine the student's merit rating. All students will receive a certificate of participation and a ribbon indicating Superior, Excellent, or Good. Students will also receive copies of the judges' evaluations.

All works must be word-processed. Students will be required to submit one (1) digital copy (Microsoft Word format only) and three (3) hard copies of their work by the date of the event. Teachers must verify that the student's work has not been plagiarized and meets the word count requirement. Students should save an electronic copy of their work until judging is completed.


School Registration Fee: $65 by October 31 ($85 thereafter)

Student Participation Fee: $10 per entry if submitted by the Chairperson's deadline ($15 thereafter)

Creative Writing Festival Events

43S21 | February 16, 2018 | Westminster | Bethany Christian Academy (Mail-In Event)

43S41 | February 16, 2018  | Bermuda Dunes | Desert Christian Academy (Mail-In Event)

43S51 | February 16, 2018  | Lancaster | Vineyard Christian School (Mail-In Event)

Additional chairs/host sites are needed for this event. Please contact the Student Activities Coordinator to inquire. 

To register for the ACSI Creative Writing Festival, please complete the CA/HI Student Activities Registration process. All questions may be directed to the CA/HI Student Activities office by calling 714.256.1287 or e-mailing the Student Activities Coordinator

Creative Writing Festival Resources

All Student Activities resources are password protected. The password is given to the school coordinator once registration has been confirmed by the Student Activities Coordinator. 

Creative Writing Festival Coordinator Handbook

Creative Writing Festival Chairperson Handbook

Creative Writing Festival Participation Fee Form