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Creative Writing Festival

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In addition to celebrating the talents of emerging young writers, the Creative Writing Festival provides students with the opportunity to receive valuable feedback as they are encouraged to develop their writing skills.

Students submit creative writing pieces for evaluation. Three judges, provided by participating schools, evaluate each work submitted based on a rubric. Students are awarded based on their scores and receive evaluative comments from each judge. 

Students in Grades 4–12 from ACSI member schools may participate. Each registered school may submit a maximum 24 entries. We encourage you to spread those entries evenly between grade levels and categories.

All Creative Writing Festivals are virtual in 2021-22. The Creative Writing Festival Submissions Deadline on Student Activities E-vents is February 18, 2022. 


  • Free Verse Poetry
  • Rhymed Poetry 
  • Essay 
  • Short Story
  • Song Lyrics
  • Playwriting

Adjudication & Awards

Three judges will evaluate each entry. It is suggested that each school have a festival of its own and send only the best works to the ACSI Creative Writing Festival.

Entries are adjudicated based on a rubric rather than in direct comparison to other works. Superior, excellent, and good scores are awarded with ribbons. 

Registration & Fees

  • School Registration Fee: $70 by October 31, 2021 ($90 after deadline)
  • Student Participation Fee: $10 per entry by February 18, 2022 ($15 after deadline)

For additional information, please contact a Student Activities team member.