OHIO'S interscholastic WRITING LEAGUE for adolescents & young adults

Almost every school in Ohio has a football team, a volleyball team, and a
soccer team. Why not a writing team? 
Now, thanks to PenOhio, every school can!

PenOhio is a writing league comprised of public, private and parochial, schools across Ohio
who want to see great literary talent inspired, challenged, and rewarded. 

In major Regional and State Tournaments each spring, teams comprised of student writers compete in creative narrative writing for top honors and scholarships after engaging in rigorous training. 

The Best-of-the-Best get a hand paying for college through PenOhio’s ample scholarship program; and many PenOhio winners get their work published in PenOhio’s eBook of Winners, a curriculum supplement that many Ohio teachers depend on for everyday classroom use. 

We’re Standards-friendly. We’re sports-friendly. We’re writer-friendly, with plenty of seats for you!


PenOhio teams get ready for Winter writing tournaments by holding after-school practices the preceding Fall. Most school teams build their team practice sessions around PenOhio Workshops, which we provide free to member schools online. 

All PenOhio workshops, which air on YouTube, align with Ohio's New Writing Standards. Each workshop is in mini-lesson format, and is led by an award-winning PenOhio Writing Coach. 

Each lesson features a different theme, such as Building a Story Outline, Effective Use of Concrete Imagery, How to Write Using Dialogue, and much more... Learn more


PenOhio Interscholastic Writing Tournaments challenge students to compete both as individual writers, and in teams of six (JV and Varsity). 

At each tournament, writers will compose three original narrative works, each in 40 minutes, to prompts not known to them in advance. Each writer is judged in a round against up to 5 other writers from other schools, and judged by a PenOhio coach not known to the writer. The writer receives Rank and Quality Score for each submission, plus a rich, constructive, encouraging comment regarding his/her work. 

Based on score totals for all submissions, individual and team scores reveal top finishers. Depending on rank, writers may qualify for State competition, publication, and/or scholarship opportunity... Learn more


From PenOhio tournaments, the best writing in Ohio is identified. This writing is catalogued annually in PenOhio's eBook of Winners.

The eBook is designed with several audiences in mind. First, it is intended to serve students. Inside the 2017 edition are 30 of the finest stories that were penned from over 1,000 submissions made during the past tournament season. It is a tribute to the students who wrote these stories; and intended as an inspiration to peers that great writing is well within grasp!

Second, the eBook is meant as a classroom tool for teachers, and has coupled with each story a page to help teachers use the story for instruction. This furthers PenOhio's goal of using program assets to change the way we teach writing in Ohio for the better... Learn more

  • PenOhio
  • PO Box 13291 
  • Akron, OH 44334
  • 330.806.0496
  • penohio2017@gmail.com

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