Welcome to our 2022 Creative Writing Contest!

Hello and thank you for participating in Worth Writing's creative writing contest!
There is no fee to participate and all perspectives are welcome.

Our theme for this contest is:


Contest Details:

Entries are limited to 3rd - 12th grade students living and learning in Fort Worth and will be selected based on the following (relative to grade level):

  • Proper capitalization and punctuation
  • Complete sentences and correctly spelled words
  • Most creative responses to prompt (remember, creativity isn't limited to the arts -- it is about creating novel solutions to relative problems)
  • Legible handwriting or typeface (approximately 10 - 12 pt font)
  • Answering the Big Five: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  • OPTIONAL: Creative presentation, including doodles, drawings, artistic handwriting, and visual & audio elements

Please note: perfection is not our aim here. In fact, we’d like you to make a lot of mistakes. Writing is iterative and mistakes are a part of the process. Besides, those mistakes could turn into your future best-selling novel! Oh, and be sure to include your name, title, and date on your piece(s). If you have any questions, please reach out to tasha@bendyourlens.com with "WOTW 2022 Essay Contest" in the subject line.

We will award up to 20 winners whose work will be published in an interactive art exhibition opening on October 7, 2022, at Arts Fort Worth. Winning entries may also be hosted on our www.bendyourlens.com website. That means our winners will become published writers and will be invited to a reception at Arts Fort Worth to see your work on the walls, hence Writing on the Walls. Get it? We're obviously psyched and can't wait to read what you write!

Important Dates:

Deadline for entries is 12:00 midnight on Friday, September 16, 2022.

Winners will be announced on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Contest Directions

Write a short response (between 100 to 600 words) to this question:

How would you reimagine/redesign your school or education?


Your creative writing piece can be handwritten or typed. We want you, our contestants, to be as creative as you feel with these entries. Therefore, you can include audio and/or visual elements with your entry in addition to your written response. In fact, we would be thrilled to hear or see you reading, performing, interviewing, podcasting, or artistically interpreting your piece! We just ask that the format you send be a .doc, .jpg, .png, .pdf, .mp3, .mp4, or .mov file and that you remain respectful of potential viewing/listening audiences (see section 3 of the entry form for more details).

We welcome your creativity. Please feel free to interview friends, family, teachers, and other experts on the subject, or to submit drawings/blueprints of your redesigned school. If you choose to include more than a written essay, you would submit the artwork/audio/video with your writing. For example, a podcast outline with the podcast audio, written interview questions with the recording, an essay with a video of your dramatic reading, the audio recording of your song with the song lyrics, or a picture of your art to accompany the written idea behind your design. We just ask that you include your full name in the file title(s).

For the purpose of this contest, it might be helpful to better understand the differences between school, education, and learning. Therefore, we've included definitions as defined by Ken Robinson, Ph.D., in his book, Creative Schools.


  • Schools - any community of people that comes together to learn with each other. [This] includes homeschooling, unschooling, and informal gatherings both in person and online from kindergarten to college and beyond.
  • Education - organized programs of learning.
  • Learning - the process of acquiring new knowledge and skills.

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