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Scope Contests

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 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: A Soldier’s Secret It by Marissa Moss

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.

Scholastic Scope

October 2015

November 15, 2015

Joplin Contest

Students consider the details the author and poet included to help readers understand how these details give the reader a sense of how the tornado affected the people of Joplin.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Invincible Contest

Students write a short essay about how Arachne and Lance Armstrong’s sense of invincibility lead to their downfalls.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Zen and the Art of Faking by Jordan Sonnenblick

Sugar Contest

Supporting their ideas with information from both texts, students write a short essay on how our ideas about sweets have changed since the days of Chase’s lozenges.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Fabulous First Line Contest

Students help award-winning author Linda Sue Park get started on a new story for a spring 2016 issue of Scope.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The winner will receive $50. Plus, the winner’s teacher will receive a free, one-year class subscription to Scope and a class set of Linda Sue Park’s novel A Long Walk to Water.

Scholastic Scope

September 2015

October 15, 2015

Clothing Contest

Students write letters to their favorite clothing brand explaining what they’ve learned about garment workers around the world and how they want the company to help those who make our clothes.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Threads and Flames by Esther Friesner

Sleepy Hollow Contest

Students write a short essay about what they think happened to Icahbod Crane.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Extreme Sports Contest

Using text evidence, students explain why some kids are more drawn to extreme sports than others and decide whether kids should be allowed to do extreme sports.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: First Descent by Pam Withers

Ordinary Contest

Students respond to the question, “How can ordinary people be special?” and explain how Josie and the narrator of the poem might answer this question, using text evidence to support their ideas.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Newsgirl by Liza Ketchum

Tardigrade Contest

Students use our dazzling infographic on the tardigrade (an amazingly resilient microscopic creature) to write a persuasive paragraph about why the tardigrade would make a great school mascot.

Gold Ribbon

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


Everything you need to know about our biggest, most popular contest of the year.

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