2017 Stories of Transformation
~6th - 12th Grade and Alternative Schools~

Due December 15th, 2017

How Does It Work?

Idaho middle school/junior high and high school students are invited to enter the 2017 Stories of Transformation Writing Challenge. We believe the six themes - We Choose All of Us, Belonging to Beloved Community, Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Our Humanity, Together We are Stronger, Living in Abundance and Harmony, and Earth is Sacred, Water is Life - will move us into a future narrative now where everyone is valued, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive.

Writing must be 75 words or less (title does not count) of an original work on one of the six essential themes. Students can submit up to three poems or essays and can write in the language they can best express themselves.

Awards and Publication: 

$100 awarded to the top 10 selections for middle school/junior high school and the high school categories.

$25 will be awarded for each of the 100 or more of the top writings selected for publication for the middle school/junior high school and the high school books to be released in February 2018.

Make Sure Your Schoool Is Represented! 

All published works will list the author, teacher, and school. A book of the published works will be distributed to Idaho’s secondary schools. Make sure your school is represented! Published students will be invited to share their writing at the Stories of Transformation on April 5, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. 

Middle School/Junior High & High School Themes

This year, the prompts are the same for grades six to twelve! Students can write on one of the six themes listed. Click on the image below to learn more about the themes! 

Who is Eligible?

All students in Idaho in middle school/junior high, high school, or alternative schools. 

Accepting submissions until midnight Tuesday, December 15th, 2017.

How to Submit an Entry (or entries--up to 3)

Two different entry options are available--participants must select one form of entry and may not duplicate entries using multiple options. 

OPTION 1 - Online Application

Submit entries via an online application.

Note: Original formatting (stanzas and breaks) may be different by submitting online. 

Click Here to Submit Now!

OPTION 2 - Mail
Submit entries via snail mail to:

Our Stories of Transformation Writing Challenge
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
1402 W. Grove Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

Teachers can submit a batch of entries in one large envelope. Each entry must be on a separate sheet of paper as they will be assessed individually. Additionally, each poem must include the following information at the top right hand corner:

1) Student's Full Name
2) Teacher's First Name & Last Name
3) School
4) Grade
5) Home Mailing Address*
6) Cell Phone*

Winners will be notified through a letter. If you prefer to use the school mailing address, include school address only. 

Please feel free to share your cell phone number only if you would like to receive an early notification text regarding the challenge winners (example: 208-000-0000)