October 2020

Deadline

November 20, 2020

Malala Contest

Nobel Peace Prizes are awarded for achievements that have greatly benefited humanity. What are Malala’s achievements? How do they benefit humankind? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. 

Prize

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed.


Space Rock Contest

Imagine that you are a journalist. Write a story about the meteorite in Rock Creek. Include interviews and information about meteorites that will give your readers background information. Your story can be in the form of a news article, a podcast, or a video news program.

Prize

The World Ends in April by Stacy McAnulty.


Soap Contest

Write a narrative in which Abigail Foote travels through time to present day and visits the soap aisle at a drugstore. How does she react to the way soap has changed since her time? Feel free to include any additional characters or plot elements that you like. Draw on the two articles for information about how soap and hygiene have changed since the 1770s.

Prize

Battle Born by Amie Kaufman


The Nothing Contest

Write a sequel to “The Nothing.” Be true to the mood of the story.

Prize

Out to Get You by Josh Allen.


Sailing Stones Contest

Read the You Be the Editor passage on page 31 of your October 2020 issue of Scope or at Scope Online. Follow the prompts in the circles to revise and polish the writing.

Prize

$25 gift card


September 2020

Deadline

October 20, 2020

SAR Dogs Contest

After reading “Lost in the Woods,” watch the Beyond the Story video about SAR dogs at Scope Online. Then explain why dogs are uniquely qualified for search-and-rescue work. Use text evidence. Your response can be in the form of an essay, a video, or an infographic.

Prize

Rescue Dogs: Ember by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines-Stephens


Home Contest

Imagine you are Aleena. Write some advice for soon-to-be older siblings, based on your experience with Hakeem. Your advice can be in the form of a letter, a list, or a song.

Prize

More to the Story by Hena Khan


Games Contest

In a well-organized essay, compare Animal Crossing with Candy Land. How are they similar? How are they different? Support your ideas with text evidence.

Prize

The Game Masters of Garden Place by Denis Markell


Cyclops Contest

Read the play and watch the video at Scope Online. Now imagine that you’re Zeus, ruler of all the gods. In an essay or a video, tell Odysseus and Polyphemus what you think of their behavior.

Prize

The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan


Poetry Contest

Choose one of the following options:

  1. Write your own poem of questions, using “Questions for the Clouds” as a model.
  2. Write a poem that answers the questions in “Questions for the Clouds.”
Prize

$25 gift card


Gecko Contest

Read the You Be the Editor passage on page 31 of your September 2020 issue of Scope or at Scope Online. Follow the prompts in the circles to revise and polish the writing.

Prize

$25 gift card