Power of the Pen

Ohio's Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

2016 POP State Tournament Results

Hudson Middle School (Summit County), Birchwood Middle School (Cuyahoga County), and Coy Middle School (Greene County) claimed the top three team trophies at the 2016 Power of the Pen State Finals, held May 26-27, 2016, at The College of Wooster.

The tournament hosted 703 competitors representing schools throughout Ohio. 368 teachers judged the tournament.

Click here to download the 2016 State Finals Post-Tournament Report.



2017/2018 District Tournament Calendar

To register for a Power of the Pen tournament, please select the community nearest you from the list below, then follow the links to register.

Please be sure to open and view the Invitation to Attend for the tournament you would like to attend. Inside, clear instructions are provided on which counties each tournament is designed to serve. Power of the Pen strongly recommends that schools do their best to attend the tournaments in regions where they hail from.

The District Tournaments listed in green below are confirmed hosts for the 2017-18 POP season.

Please check this calendar regularly, as the District Tournament schedule is changing frequently.

Akron, Ohio
Our Lady of the Elms District Tournament
January 20, 2018
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Alliance, Ohio
University of Mount Union District Tournament
January 4, 2018
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Ashland, Ohio
Ashland Middle School District Tournament
February 10, 2018
Invitation to Attend    Map to Location     Register Now

Botkins, Ohio
Botkins Local Schools District Tournament
February 17, 2018
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Chardon, Ohio
Chardon Middle School District Tournament
January 27, 2018
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Chillicothe, Ohio
Zane Trace Middle School District Tournament
February 3, 2018
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Little Miami Junior High  District Tournament  February 10, 2018    Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Cincinnati, Ohio
Summit Country Day     District Tournament
January 20, 2018
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Cleveland, Ohio
Monticello Middle School District Tournament
December 16, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Cleveland, Ohio
Cuyahoga Heights Middle School
January 27, 2018
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Jamestown, Ohio
Greeneview Middle School District Tournament
January 13, 2018
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Columbia Station, Ohio
Columbia Middle School District Tournament
January 27, 2018
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Gahanna, Ohio
Gahanna Middle School South District Tournament
February 10, 2018
Invitation to Attend       Map to Location     Register Now

Garrettsville, Ohio
J.A. Garfield Middle School District Tournament
January 14, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Kettering, Ohio
St. Charles Borromeo District Tournament
January 28, 2017
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Register Now

McConnelsville, Ohio
Morgan High School District Tournament
February 4, 2017
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New Philadelphia, Ohio
Tuscarawas Central Catholic District Tournament
February 25, 2017
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Baldwin Road JHS District Tournament
January 21, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Sandusky, Ohio
Sandusky Middle School District Tournament
January 7, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Shaker Heights, Ohio
University School District Tournament
February 4, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Springfield, Ohio
Greater Springfield Career Connect ED Center
January 21, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Sylvania, Ohio
Timberstone JHS District Tournament
January 14, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Tiffin, Ohio
Tiffin Middle School District Tournament
January 28, 2017
Invitation to Attend     Map to Location     Register Now

Warren, Ohio
Lordstown High School District Tournament
January 28, 2017
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Member Benefits

1. Interscholastic Competitions

  • Power of the Pen provides the opportunity for schools to meet and compete in three levels of formal, tournament competition: District, Regional, and State.

  • There were 43 events scheduled throughout Ohio for the 2015-2016 academic year. More than 7,500 students took part.

  • Throughout each tournament season, Power of the Pen is the direct stimulus for more than 25,000 pieces of student writing that would not otherwise have been produced.

2. Teacher Training

  • Power of the Pen provides teacher training in new ways of promoting and evaluating excellence in written instruction.

  • POP also provides a forum for interscholastic teacher conferencing and a statewide networking infrastructure.

3. Instructional Aids/Publications

  • Participating schools receive valuable materials for use in their classrooms, including creative writing prompts and models of excellence tutorials.

  • Power of the Pen also publishes its Book of Winners annually, and Book of Prompts every five years, where “best-of-the-best” writings and instructional practices are chronicled.

Join Now for 2016/2017!

Schools may enter a full writing team of up to 12 students (1-6 seventh graders and 1-6 eighth graders) for an Entry Fee of $400.

Or a school may enter a writing team at either grade level (up to six students at either the 7th or 8th grade level) for $300.

The Entry Fee covers the cost of:

  • This year's Membership in Power of the Pen and materials which may be used effectively in the classroom as well as for preparing writing teams
  • District participation
  • Regional participation
Each school is guaranteed that (at least) one District contestent at each grade level registered at District will be qualified to continue to the Regional level.

Registration for membership begins September 5, 2017, and requires schools to pay annual dues. Please click the link below for more details and to register your team.




Power of the Pen
PO Box 442  |  Richfield, Ohio 44286
(330) 659-3226  |  info@powerofthepen.org


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