The iWRITE Literacy Organization offers students in the 3rd-12th grades the opportunity to submit short stories, poetry and artwork to our annual publishing contest called, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids. Each year we pick 65 winners to be published in our anthology and invited to our big annual book signing celebration in Houston, Texas.

Join our team of published kids and be sure to submit your online applications by May 31st. First round submissions are accepted Spring 2017 through May 31st. Finalists will be named September 1st. Our 65 Winners will be announced on our website and published in the next anthology, released in the wintertime. All winners will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology and tickets to the book signing celebration.


To enter the I Write Short Story By Kids for Kids Contest as a school or group, please complete this application. This application must be filled out by the Primary Contact. The Primary Contact will represent the school/group and be the main point of contact between their respective school/group and the iWRITE Literacy Organization. Once the application is complete, the Primary Contact will receive three unique links (Short Story, Poetry, and Artwork) for submitters to create an account and enter their work. 

For questions about entering as a school or group. Please email info@iwrite.org.
To pay by check, please contact nicole@iwrite.org.


$15.00
The iWRITE Literacy Organization is pleased to announce the 8th Annual I Write Short Stories By Kids for Kids publishing contest for kids grades 3rd - 12th.

This is a great opportunity for kids who have dreamed of seeing their own story professionally published in book.

Finalists will be announced in July and Grand Prize Winners will be announced in the beginning of September on the iWRITE Website. All winners will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology.

Rules and Requirements
  • Stories must fit between 1,000 and 2,500 word count requirement.
  • Stories must be typed in Times New Roman Font, 12-point sized and black ink.
  • Stories must include: Setting, Main Character, Plot, Conflict, Climax and Resolution.  
  • iWRITE checks for plagiarism in order to respect copyright laws.
  • All stories must be written in English.



iWRITE is a Non-Profit Organization. Entry fees partially cover the necessary costs for critiques, editing, publishing, printing, distribution and other expenses. Your entry fee does not guarantee publication. Work is judged by the iWRITE guidelines so please be sure to review them before beginning.
$15.00
The iWRITE Literacy Organization is pleased to announce the 8th Annual I Write Short Stories By Kids for Kids publishing contest for kids grades 3rd - 12th.

This is a great opportunity for kids who have dreamed of seeing their own poem professionally published in book.

Finalists will be announced in July and Grand Prize Winners will be announced in the beginning of September on the iWRITE Website. All winners will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology.

Rules and Requirements

  • Poems must be written in English
  • Poems must fit between the 8 to 24 line requirement and topic requirement
  • Poems must be typed in Times New Roman Font, 12-point size in black ink
  • Author name an poem title must be placed on the top of the first page



iWRITE is a Non-Profit Organization. Entry fees partially cover the necessary costs for critiques, editing, publishing, printing, distribution and other expenses. Your entry fee does not guarantee publication. Work is judged by the iWRITE guidelines so please be sure to review them before beginning.

The iWRITE Literacy Organization is pleased to announce the 8th Annual I Write Short Stories By Kids for Kids publishing contest for kids grades 3rd - 12th.

This is a great opportunity for kids who have dreamed of seeing their own artwork professionally published in book.

Finalists will be announced in July and Grand Prize Winners will be announced in the beginning of September on the iWRITE Website. All winners will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology.

Rules and Requirements

This year's theme is Texas Historical Fiction. Your submission can be anything associated with Texas and the Wild West. As artists, we understand that there are many ways to interpret the theme. If you have questions, please feel free to send your questions to info@iwrite.org.

Basic Illustration Tips

- The final book cover is 5.5" x 8.5" and is vertical (portrait orientation). Keep this in mind when you start your illustration. Something that is very square or horizontal probably won't work well for the cover. Also, an 1/8 of an inch will be cut off of each side, top and bottom during printing. Don't put anything important at or near the edges.

- Don't use words in your picture unless they are a necessary part of something (like a book, billboard, package label, etc.)

- Leave room for us to add a title, subtitle and author line. This doesn't have to be white but needs to be free of important details. Please don't include any of this info in the illustration.

- Clean it up. Erase any stray pencil marks thoroughly. If it's on the piece of paper, it will print.

- Use bold colors and be sure to darken the colors if using colored pencils. We want your artwork to show up.

- Get inspired by other book covers online, at the library or at home but don't copy them.

- Be creative and enjoy!




iWRITE is a Non-Profit Organization. Entry fees partially cover the necessary costs for critiques, editing, publishing, printing, distribution and other expenses. Your entry fee does not guarantee publication. Work is judged by the iWRITE guidelines so please be sure to review them before beginning.