KET Education welcomes entries for 2022 Young Writers Contest


Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Education has announced the Young Writers Contest is back for 2022. The contest has been updated to include new, inclusive grade levels and a graphic novel category.

The four contest categories include:

  • Illustrated Story: An illustrated story is a short work of fiction or nonfiction that contains associated visual illustrations, created through any choice of mediums, that enhance the written narrative.
  • Graphic Novel: A graphic novel is a written work of fiction or nonfiction with strongly integrated visual illustrations that, unlike comics, has a narrative that is made up of more than dialogue and has a clear beginning, middle and end.
  • Poetry: Poetry is a written work, usually in groups of lines called stanzas, made up of carefully chosen words to create images or explore an idea in a shorter space than prose. Poems can be formal verse (has clear rhyme and meter), blank verse (has meter but no rhyme), or free verse (has no rhyme or regular meter).
  • Short Story: A short story is a well-crafted work of fiction that consists only of text (words) and has a clear beginning, middle and end.

The contest is open to grades K-12 and runs Jan. 1-April 15.

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Entrants must be in kindergarten through grade 12. (Illustrated story participants must be in preschool through grade 12.)
  • Entrants must be a legal resident of Kentucky.
  • Only one entry per category.
  • Only single-author stories written within the current school year are eligible.
  • Children of contest judges and KET employees are not eligible.

Entries may be uploaded via the online entry form or mailed to KET at KET Young Writers Contest, 600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502. Entries must be submitted digitally or postmarked by midnight ET on April 15.

For complete contest rules, contest rights and story formats, visit the KET Education Young Writers Contest webpage.