Stories of Transformation Writing Challenge

Idaho middle school/junior high and high school students are invited to enter the 2017 Stories of Transformation Writing Challenge. We believe the six themes – We Choose All of Us, Belonging to Beloved Community, Restoring Wholeness, Our Spirit, and Our Humanity, Together We are Stronger, Living in Abundance and Harmony, and Earth is Sacred, Water is Life – will move us into a future narrative now where everyone is valued, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive.

Click here for the 2017 Writing Challenge Themes and Rules

How does it work?

Create an original poem or story! Writing must be 75 words or less (title does not count) of an original work related to one of the six themes.

You can submit up to three poems or stories. Write in the language where you can best express yourself.

Over 100 poems or essays will be selected for each of the middle school/junior high and high school books that are creative and capture the spirit of one of the themes.

Who is eligible?

Student authors should be in Idaho middle school/junior high school or high school – public, private, alternative school settings, or youth groups.

Deadline for submission is midnight Friday, December 15th, 2017


  • $100 awarded to the top 10 selections for middle school/junior high school and the high school categories.
  • $25 will be awarded for each of the 100 or more of the top writings selected for publication for the middle school/junior high school and the high school books to be released in February 2018.
  • All published works will list the author, teacher, and school. A book of the published works will be distributed to Idaho’s secondary schools. Make sure your school is represented! Published students will be invited to share their writing at the Stories of Transformation on April 5, 2018 in Boise, Idaho.

    How to Enter by Friday, December 15th

    Option 1 – Online:
    Click here to submit your Stories of Transformation Writing Challenge submission online.

    Option 2 – Mail:
     Mail your writing submission, name, address, cell phone number, school name, grade, and teacher’s name to:

    Our Stories of Transformation Writing Challenge
    Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
    Linen Building
    1402 W. Grove Street
    Boise, ID 83702


    Please email Jennifer Martinez at

    Read the winning selections from last year’s themes.

    Select the images below to view a PDF copy of 2017’s poetry collection: