Our Competition

JustWrite is unique in that, while it is an interscholastic competition for students, the approach to the competition sets it above.  Instead of just offering students a generic prompt, and allowing them to write on it, this competition takes it to the next level.

For the 2021-22 Season, we are planning on returning to in-person tournaments.  We do, however, understand the evolving nature of Covid-19.  If needed (based on a host school decision), we will move to a virtual tournament model-however tournament dates will remain the same.

The Basics:

Schools enter a DIVISION 1 (9th and 10th grade) and/or a DIVISION 2 (11th and 12th grade) team.  

Each division consists of competing six writers.

(Cost-$250 to enter one division, $400 to enter both divisions)

During In-Person Seasons:

Each team is required to provide one judge per division  entered in the REGIONAL competition.  Each team is required to provide one judge, per division-per every three writers, entered in the STATE competition.

During competitions, students are given a genre specific prompt.  These genres may include: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Classic Horror/Gothic, Fantasy, and Narrative Nonfiction.

Specifics for Regional Competition:

Students have 45 minutes per round, competing in a total of three rounds.  

All students must write to incorporate the genre specific prompt.

 

Judges are assigned groups of writers, and read and rank their stories according to a rubric.  This rubric addresses not only aspects of creative writing, but also technical aspects of composition as well.  No writer can be given the same score on the rubric, as any other writers in their round group, and this rubric score will determine round winners.  Rank is only used to break ties between students when determining awards.

In addition to this, competing writers are asked to bring one poem-based on a pre-determined prompt- with them to competition.  These poems are read by special laureates and three poems from each division.  As of the 20-21 season, these top poets will compose a second poem to be judged at the State Competition.  One poet will emerge the winner of the Excellence in Poetry Award. This is to honor the power of poetry.  

To qualify to win Regional Awards:

The top 15 writers in each division will be recognized at the Regional level.

In addition to this, teams will be awarded points for overall team points.  First, second, and third place division trophies will be given to schools. There will also be one school named the tournament champion--this is a combined total of all points, from both divisions.  

Specifics for the State Competition:

As of the 20-21 season, Students have 45 minutes per round, competing in a total of three rounds.

All students must write to incorporate the genre specific prompt.

Judges are assigned to each group of writers, they will individually read and rank according to a rubric.  They will have the same scoring requirements as at Regionals.  These scores will be used to determine State winners. 

To qualify to win State Awards:

The top 15 writers in each division will be recognized at the State level.

Poems, selected by the laureates at the Regional tournaments, will compete with a new prompt, and one will be chosen for the Excellence in Poetry Award.  The winner of this award will be chosen by an expert in the field.  

Three writers from each division will be chosen for a Director's Choice Award.  These six winners will be chosen from all the stories that were first in round, from the Regional competitions.   

In addition to this, teams will be awarded points for overall team points.  First, second, and third place division trophies will be given to schools. There will also be one school named the State Tournament Grand Champion--this is a combined total of all points, from both divisions.