Student Creative Writing Contest

Each year CATE will host a writing contest, with a prompt publicized in California English and on CATEweb. Any teacher may submit up to three student entries, which must be original work from the current school year. Entries must be sent to and judged in the local council where the teacher’s school is located before they are eligible for statewide consideration. Counties and local contacts for submission are included in the flyer.

Awards will be given in six divisions: Grades 3-4; Grades 5-6; Grades 7-8; Grades 9-10; Grades 11-12; and College.

Statewide winners in each division will be published in California English.

2024 Writing Prompt

Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2024


Hidden Gems: Exploring Perspectives and Voice

In a poem, short story, or nonfiction piece, write about a moment when a person, an experience, or the world revealed something unexpected to you. What was the impact of that revelation?

Student Creative Writing Contest Winners