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Scope is packed with contests to get your students excited about writing. And they can win awesome prizes! Below find information about our current contests, including entry forms and deadlines.

Current Contests

Scholastic Scope

December 2015/January 2016

February 15, 2016

Lusitania Contest

Students write an essay explaining how the author helped the reader empathize with the passengers on the Lusitania.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

Holmes Contest

Students decide whether Holmes did the right thing in letting James Ryder and Catherine Cusack go free, supporting their arguments with details from the play.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Joy in Sports Contest

In a well-organized essay, students explain the problems in sports today and how we can solve them and bring back the joy.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

You Write It Contest

Students use our infographic to write to their city council or local government leader about why their city or town should used recycled wastewater.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Three winners will each get a $25 Visa gift card. We will publish the winning entries on Scope Online.


Scholastic Scope

November 2015

December 15, 2015

Heart Contest

Students write an essay arguing that Vivien Thomas should be featured on a new U.S. postage stamp.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Breakthrough! by Jim Murphy

Sybil Contest

Students write a short essay about how Sybil Ludington, Shaye Haver, and Kristen Griest proved their capabilities.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick

Lion Contest

Students interpret a line from the text about how the events of 1898 were tragic for the lions of Tsavo and explain what is tragic about the plight of lions today, and what can be done about to help them.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Ryan Contest

Students explain how Ryan confused his desire to belong with his desire to fit in and what advice Brené Brown would give him.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale

You Write It Contest

Students use our interview with 16-year-old Steven McDowell, who invented a fence that stores rainwater, into an article.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Three winners will each get a $25 Visa gift card. We will publish the winning entries on Scope Online.


The deadline for entries has passed and we are busy reading your students fabulous entries. Stay tuned for Linda Sue's story coming in the spring!

All contest entries can be e-mailed to:

Please attach entries as Word documents or PDFs, put the contest name in the subject line, and include the e-mail address of the entrant’s parent or legal guardian.

You can also mail entries to:

“Contest Name” c/o Scope
P.O. Box 712
New York, NY 10013-0712

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