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Topic: What I love about Arkansas

      • Choose a topic that creatively reflects your thoughts as you compose a narrative.  
      • Your entry does not have to be part of a school assignment, but it can be.

Grade Divisions: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, & 10-12

      • This year’s winner will have an opportunity to compete at the state level!

Send entries to

      • Your Local Council President   OR
      • Email
          • Please put Young Writers’ Contest and the student’s name in the subject line.

Entries must be postmarked or emailed by January 15.

Please carefully read the Teacher’s Guide for specific instructions.

Please send no more than three entries per teacher.

All entries will be scored by three teachers.  Scoring rubrics are attached.

Teacher’s Guide

Dear Teachers:

Thank you so much for allowing your students to participate in the Young Writers’ Contest this year!  Please read over the following guidelines to help your students be successful in this project. We look forward to meeting you on March 2, 2019! Thanks again for your cooperation!

New Guidelines:

      • The entry must be a narrative.  The theme is “What I Love about Arkansas.” 
      • To prevent bias in judging we ask that you DO NOT put names on the writing, but names MUST be on entry forms. Please attach the writing to the entry form (staple or paper clip it) if you are sending in a hard copy.
      • Please follow the guidelines on the entry form closely.
      • A parent must sign in order for the child to participate. Please read the entry form carefully.
      • All entries must be submitted through a teacher.  If students work on their writing at home, they must bring it to school and submit it through a teacher.
      • Entries may be no longer than 5 pages.
      • Reminders:
          • The idea of the contest is to showcase creative writers in your class.  If you have taught narratives in your class, your student may enter a piece that was previously written within this school year.  The writing does not have to be written as part of classroom instruction.
          • You may also choose a piece of writing out of students’ portfolios to enter as long as it is a narrative.
          • Entries must be submitted digitally by January 15, 2019.
          • Only 3 entries per teacher will be accepted.
          • Only 1 entry per student will be accepted.
          • Allow students access to the scoring rubrics so they know what is expected.

Most Important Rule:

      • HAVE FUN AND BE CREATIVE!  We are looking forward to reading all of the entries!

Click here for Student Entry Form.

Writing Rubric






Central idea is clear throughout the piece

Central idea shows some digression, but writer returns to the topic quickly

Central idea is unclear or not present

Narrative structure is clear and moves sequentially and logically through time with few gaps [clear beginning, middle and end]

Narrative structure is noticeable, but reader may need to infer, sequential gaps are noted

Narrative lacks appropriate structure (off-mode), lacks events, vague or confusing

Experiences, characters, setting and events are thoroughly developed

Experiences, characters, setting, and events are adequately developed

Experiences, characters, setting, and events lack development

Effective use of a variety of narrative techniques that advance the story or illustrate the experience

Adequate use of a variety of narrative techniques that generally advance the story or illustrate the experience

Use of narrative techniques are minimal, absent, incorrect, or irrelevant

Effective use of sensory, concrete and figurative language that clearly advances the purpose

Adequate use of a variety of narrative techniques that generally advance the story or illustrate the experience

Little or no use of sensory, concrete, or figurative language; language may interfere with the purpose


Some episodes or reactions are elaborated with specific details

Contains a thorough list of episodes/events and/or reactions with some extensions

Contains a  simple or incomplete list of episodes and/or reactions with no extensions, mostly general or underdeveloped

Elaborate and vivid language is used throughout

Most elaboration is general, contains minimal depth

Lacks elaboration

Rich vocabulary, beyond grade level expectations

Vocabulary appropriate for grade level expectations

Vocabulary is lacking, lower than grade level expectations






Typed standard with 1” margins, double spaced, two or fewer errors noted (Grades 1-4 may hand write and receive a 3 if all letters are neat and formed correctly. Correct use of spacing is also required.)

Typed or  neatly handwritten with correct letter formation and spacing, 3-10 errors noted

Typed or handwritten with correct letter formation and spacing, more than 10 errors

Cover or title page   (cover/title page will not count as one of the essay pages)

Title at the top of first page, no cover or title page

No title for the story

Pages numbered

No page numbers

No page numbers


Consistent use of spelling strategies

Limited evidence of spelling strategies

Little or no evidence of spelling strategies

Consistent use of capitalization  strategies

Limited evidence of capitalization strategies

Little or no evidence of capitalization strategies

Consistent use of punctuation strategies

Limited evidence of punctuation strategies

Little or no evidence of punctuation strategies

Usage and Sentence Formation

Consistent agreement between parts of speech

Inconsistent agreement between parts of speech

Parts of speech show lack of agreement

Variety of sentence structures and lengths are used correctly, including compound and complex (for appropriate grade levels)

Some variety in sentence structures and lengths are observed

Sentence errors distract the reader, uses short, simple sentences

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