Redwood Writing Contest

Redwood Writing Contest --Returning Spring 2022


After a year-long hiatus due to COVID, we are pleased to announce that the writing contest will be back in Spring 2022. Check back here after January 1st for details. 

Spring 2020 Archive 

In an effort to help teachers find meaningful and manageable writing experiences for students and in order to continue with what has proven to be an exciting and positive experience for our local students, we are going ahead with this year’s Redwood Writing Contest,  co-sponsored by the Redwood Council and the Redwood Writing Project.  Due to the current school closures and "Stay at Home" measures, we are extending our contest deadline until June 1, 2020.  



  The 2020 Redwood Writing Contest anthology cover by Jessica Rutter, Sophomore, Saint Bernard's Academy.

2020 Theme

Community and Responsibility

*Updated from the previous theme of “The Power of Voice and Making a Difference”.  Submissions under the prior theme will be evaluated equally based on the scoring rubric values.

How to Submit an Entry

1.  Prepare and format the submission as an MS Word or Google Doc.

2.  Select the appropriate grade level and category, complete the form, upload the submission and don't forget to click the "submit" button at the bottom of the form.  NOTE:  Please do not submit class sets or more than one entry per category for each writer.


Poetry Submissions--Now closed




 Informational/Argument Submissions--Now closed




Narrative Submissions--Now closed




2020 Writing Contest Guidelines and Scoring Rubric





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PDF icon 2020_writing_contest_scoring_rubric.pdf



Email Redwood Writing Project at

Winners will be invited to attend our awards ceremony next fall where they will be presented with their published work and a fun prize!


Archive of Redwood Writing Contest Anthologies


Each year the winning pieces from the Redwood Writing Contest are published into an Anthology and a copy given to the winning authors.  Additional copies are available for purchase through Amazon.