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Editorial Writing Contest

  • One team per school/up to two (2) students per team
  • Cost: $6 per team
  • Limit: 26 students
  • 9-10:45 a.m.

Contestants (two per school) must report to the assigned room at 9 a.m. Late competitors will not be allowed to enter:

  • In this contest, students will listen to a presentation from the same person as the feature writers and news writers.
  • The two students will choose a side/opinion and the object is to write an editorial based on the information. They will also have time to ask questions.
  • The editorial will be judged on editorial writing style and format and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization. It should consist of an introduction, body and conclusion and a purpose (interpret, persuade, criticize, praise) should be evident. Students should include important, relevant facts and try to stimulate the readers to think their way to the opinion in your editorial.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete this contest.

Feature Writing Contest

  • Up to two (2) students per school
  • Cost: $3 per student
  • Limit: 25 students
  • 9-10:45 a.m.

Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9 a.m. Late competitors will not be allowed to enter:

  • This is an individual contest. Students from the same school DO NOT work together.
  • Here they will write a story based on a speaker, who will also be speaking to the news and editorial writers.
  • The story will be judged on a lively and colorful lead; feature style as opposed to news style, including colorful details, quotes and possibly anecdotes; copy that appeals to the reader’s interest; emotional impact; and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete this contest.

News Writing Contest

  • Up to two (2) students per school
  • Cost: $3 per student
  • Limit: 25 students
  • 9-10:45 a.m.

Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9 a.m. Late competitors will not be allowed to enter:

  • This is an individual contest. Students from the same school DO NOT work together.
  • Here they will write a story based on a speaker, the same speaker who will be presenting to the editorial and feature students. Students will get a chance to ask questions.
  • The story will be judged on news writing style; a strong lead; good quotes; pinpointing the main idea of the session and highlighting it; and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and editing pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete the story.

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