2023 I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids Publishing Contest Presents

Publishing is a powerful incentive for learning and is a unique way to validate that a child’s voice should be heard.  Each year, young writers in the 3rd-12th grade all across the globe have the chance to be published authors. This first taste of success can last a lifetime! The iWRITE Non-Profit Organization offers students the opportunity to submit their writing and artwork to our annual publishing contest. This year's theme is Sports Writing and Sports Artwork. Fiction and Non-fiction short stories or articles, poetry, and art submissions are accepted from August 2022 through April 2023. The finalists will be named in September 2023. Our winners will be announced on our website and published in the I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids 14th Volume Anthology. One hundred and twenty-five winners will be chosen and receive one complimentary copy of the Anthology. Editor’s Choice Recipients will have the chance to read their work at iWRITE’s Annual Book Signing Celebration and receive additional media opportunities and prizes.

When preparing your entry, consider all the different ways to incorporate sports into your writing. Sports writing has also been seen as journalism where the event or athlete is the subject. There are numerous sports to consider, even when writing poetry. Consider Olympic-related events, athletes who are positive role models, problems that arise in sports, traditional sports, and seasonal sports, from surfing to quidditch to the Special Olympics, there is so much to consider, even if you don't have experience playing a sport. Consider interviewing an athlete or if you are an athlete, utilizing your unique knowledge. Your goal as a writer is to allow your reader to relate and feel like they are a part of the story.

Be sure to check out the official contest rules HERE.

For more information on the contest, the organization, and our programs, visit!


2023 I Am Texas contest is open to writers and artists in grades 2nd-12th. For the middle and high school writing contest, students may submit fiction or nonfiction writing inspired by artifacts from The Bryan Museum collection. To see this year’s featured artifacts, go to or visit The Bryan Museum in Galveston to see the artifacts in person. Students in elementary school should write a letter to someone, past or present, who has contributed to Texas history or culture. Artwork should follow the “I Am Texas” theme; however, creative interpretation is encouraged.

Check out our How-To Submit video and examples of the application. 

Story & Article Application Example

Poetry Application Example

Artwork Application Example

Creative Writing Summer Camp

Calling all student writers! Join us for a week of hands-on writing and illustration lessons and activities!  Each day, campers will learn the techniques that authors use to create unique characters and storylines.

When: June 12th-16th 

Time: 9am-3pm 

Cost: $250 

Ages: 8-12

Where: SheSpace - 2799 Katy Freeway, Suite 250, Houston, TX 77007

**Includes daily snacks and supplies. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day.**

Deadline to register is Friday, June 2nd

iWRITE Non-Profit Organization