Student writing contest

Each year, kindergarten through 12th-grade students are challenged to write works of poetry, nonfiction and fiction. The best of these works are selected by grade level and then are judged at the county level.

Teton County School District No. 1 is looking for judges to pore over 300 or so entries to select winners. While the state level of the competition has been cancelled, as it was last year, the district is working to make sure young Teton County writers get an opportunity to publish their work for judging.

The contest will once again be judged virtually. Judges will be given access to Google Drive folders containing PDFs of student work. Each grade level and writing category has its own rubric to break down the elements of the writing into numerical levels. Judges will read a piece, compare it to the grading rubric and assign numbers for each category on a Google Spreadsheet. Rubric ratings are averaged to find grade-level winners and honorable mentions.

Judging will take place Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 21. The time commitment ranges from 15 minutes — enough to judge one grade level of one category (e.g., fourth-grade poetry) — to a few hours for multiple grade levels and/or categories.

To volunteer or ask questions, contact Teton County Young Authors co-coordinators Mel Paradis ( of Christine Jenkins (

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