Writing Contests

Professional Writing Contest for Teachers & Educators

Special Announcement:

CATE is sad to announce the death of Olga Kokino, long-time journalism teacher at University High School in Los Angeles, where she established an outstanding journalism program.

Olga earned her BA and teaching credential at UCSB and a Masters degree at UC Riverside, received National Board Certification, published a textbook series on journalism, and served as president of the Los Angeles Journalism Teachers’ Association.She was an active CATE member and coordinated the CATE Professional Writing Contest.

Her friend and colleague, Bill Younglove, notes that Olga was “not defined so much by her valiant eleven year struggle against breast cancer as she was by her influence upon thousands of journalism students.”

Because of this news, we are extending the deadline for the current Professional Writing Contest until January 31 2017. Details can be found at www.CATEweb.org.

Please send your entry to the acting coordinator, Bill Younglove: wyoungl@aol.com

And if you have already submitted an entry, please resubmit to Bill Younglove.

Thank you for your patience.

2016 PROMPT:

As educators, we seek to inspire our students to improve their lives by becoming more literate. How do we inspire students to become more literate? Think of a text (print, digital, electronic) that has spoken to your students, given them guidance in the midst of their complex lives, or inspired them to reflect upon or change their lives in some way. Write a reflective essay about how the text has enabled your students to lead more literate lives.

*New Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2017

First Place: one CATE annual convention basic registration, plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Directions for submitting the entry:

About the Contest:

To encourage teachers to join the wider professional community, each year CATE sponsors a professional writing contest. A prompt will be published in California English and on CATEweb, the deadline for entries will be August 31, and winners will be selected at the September Board of Directors meeting. Entries must be electronically submitted, must be 1500 words or fewer, and should show how the writer uses theory, professional reading, or classroom research for classroom practice.

The First Place winner will receive a basic level registration to the following annual CATE convention, plus publication in California English and on CATEweb. The Second Place winner will receive a one-year CATE membership, plus publication in California English and on CATEweb.

Creative Writing Contest for Students

2016-17 Theme
Text and Tech: Blending Tradition with Innovation

Deadline for submissions: November 1,2016

Download the contest flyer at www.cateweb.org


Innovation is about trying something new while tradition is about honoring the past. Usually innovation and tradition are seen as pulling in opposing directions. Write about a time when innovation and tradition came together. You can write a personal essay, an expository piece, a work of fiction, or a poem that explores this blend of the old and the new.