Every young author who submits their writing is acknowledged

Children’s Creative Writing Campaign (“CCWC” Since 1993)

The CCWC launched in 1993 and incorporated as a Federal 501(c) 3 in 1995, offers a nationwide network of schools and communities an annual campaign that promotes creative writing, acknowledges all student writers and artists who submit (pre-k to 8th grade), and provides an audience outside the classroom of writers, publishers and story developers.

Students submit original work annually for review by a volunteer Reading Committee. Every young author submitting their writing is acknowledged. Those who write stories with high ranking scores receive local media acknowledgment and are invited to have their work published or adapted.  

The Story Archive houses more than 350,000 pieces of creative writing and artwork.

 

Writing Challenge

​For young writers, grades K - 8

Participation is encouraged for all students in eligible grades

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

2022 IS NOW OPEN! CCWC’s 29th year promoting and publishing children’s writing.

Online: Register your story and submit it here. Submit story.

All submissions must be uploaded no later than the deadline date of April 15

By mail: Attach Submission Information on a separate sheet to your work. Include your name, title, and contact information on your work.
All mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than the deadline date of April 15.

MAIL ALL SUBMISSIONS TO:

2022 Writing Challenge 

Children's Creative Writing Campaign, Inc.

PO Box 102

New York, NY 10272

SUBMISSIONS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA 

Original                    Imaginative                    Legible

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Handwritten work in dark ink or pencil is preferred (but not required).  Scan a draft or story synopsis if your piece is part of a longer work. Submit with the final. Handwriting provides another dimension of expression. All accompanying original artwork is welcome.

Pre-K and Kindergarten participants are permitted to dictate their stories to adults, but any adult editing, corrections,  or re-wording is strongly discouraged. Please copy the child's story word for word. Children may submit more than one writing piece.

 

OPTIONAL THEME

Write a story about a friend or family member.  Note: The friend can be imaginary or a pet.

Here are some ideas or come up with your own:

  • What’s special? In a story, dialogue, or anecdote, show and describe what’s unique and interesting about this person. 

  • I’ll Never Forget when…Write about an adventure you shared, big or small. Use all your senses to describe what you saw, heard, felt, ate, on a trip, walk, holiday, or visit.

  • Captured Forever (or Character Capsule) What is at least one thing you learned from spending time with this person? 

 

WRITING OF MERIT OPPORTUNITY

The Volunteer Reading Committee may select Writing of Special Merit. Young authors will receive an award of $100.00. Their schools will receive a donation from CCWC to the school library in the student author’s name, with media recognition. CCWC reserves the right to publish any Writings of Merit it deems for promotion of CCWC and the annual campaign. Students and schools will be notified of merit awards.

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