A compilation of student writing around the theme

"Anything Is Possible"

Cover Art Contest

Student Writers

District 181 Foundation Young Writers is open to all interested District 181 3rd - 8th grade students. 

  • Student writers will be assigned a teacher mentor.
  • Teacher mentors will guide students in the writing process.
  • The writing will be compiled and published in a keepsake hardcover book given to each student writer. Extra copies will be available for purchase.
  • Students will be invited to share their writing remotely with a small group of student writers in their grade and a teacher facilitator
  • Students and families will be invited to webinars with youth authors throughout the winter and spring
  • Students and families will be invited to Special Recognition Program honoring student writers at the end of the year (format and date TBD).​

The Young Writers Experience

Student Artists Invited to Participate in the Book

Artist Registration Opens February 1

We invite student artists to submit artwork for the front and back covers of the D181 Foundation Young Writers 2022 book. What should the cover art depict? Anything students would like to share that reflects the theme "Anything is Possible."

Check back for more details of February 1.

Theresa wilkie Memorial Fund

Important Dates

Registration Deadline - January 31, 2022

1st Draft Due - February 15, 2022

Finished Writing Due - March 15, 2022

​Cover Art Contest Submission Deadline - April 8, 2022

Student Writer Recognition Event - TBD

writing FAQ's

What should students write about?
Whatever they would like to share that fits the theme “Anything is Possible.” What do you see for the future ̶̶  for yourself, your family, friends, school, community, country, or the world?  Or, if you could, would you change something from the past? How would things be different? 

What type of writing can be submitted?
Any type! Write a descriptive paragraph, imagine a future experience, describe a past experience that you would change, write an opinion piece, compose a poem, create a short story, develop a graphic story or comic, etc.

How long should the written work be?
 There is no minimum length and many pieces are actually quite short. The maximum length is 1000 words.

What if my child isn't sure what to write about?

If your child wants to participate, please register. There is no need to have an idea of what to write in advance. Each student is assigned a teacher mentor who will check in with the student and help get the writing process started if necessary.

Thank You.

Funding for the District 181 Foundation is provided in part by the Theresa Wilkie Memorial Fund.