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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

November 2016

November 20, 2016

Pirate Contest

Drawing on information from the article, students decide whether the Hollywood portrayal of pirate life is accurate.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The Death-Defying Pepper Roux
by Geraldine McCaughrean


Claudette Contest

Students write a short essay about the ways in which Claudette Colvin was dauntless.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip Hoose


Railroad Contest

Students explain how author Kenneth Oppel uses historical events to develop the plot of his story.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel



Yusra Contest

Students explain whether Yusra would agree or disagree with idea presented in the poem “Dreams” by Langston Hughes.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez



You Write It Contest

Students turn our interview with 16-year-old Nikhil Gopal into their own article.

Gold Ribbon

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


Scholastic Scope

October 2016

November 20, 2016

Zeppelin Contest

Students decide if they think zeppelins could ever be as popular as they were in the time of the Hindenburg.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel


Change Contest

Drawing on information from at least two of the texts, students decide if people can truly change, and if so, what makes them change?

Gold Ribbon

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


Food Waste Contest

Students explain two ideas for reducing food waste and why each idea would work.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez








Check out our awesome new contest!
Deadline: March 10, 2017.

Please note: We cannot accept Google docs.

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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