Writing Contest

The Leslie-Walker Writers of Promise Contest 

2015 Winners

  • Elementary School: “Fangs of Light: The New Leader” by Kylan Barbieri  (Teacher: Susie Pittman)
  • Middle School:  “A Place Void of Time” by Gwyneth Smith (Teacher: Dan Lloyd)
  • High School: “The Tree” by Megan Adam (Teacher: Derek Wright)

Winners and their teachers will be recognized at the KMWP Annual Awards Luncheon on June 25, 2015.

Writing about Place

Leslie Walker Writers of Promise: (from left to right) Kitty Drew, Lauren Maresca, Alex Wills, Sammy Sawyer, Scoot Smoot

Leslie Walker strived to create community in her classroom through writing about place. This ongoing effort was realized through her dedication to teaching writing to her students. To continue Leslie’s work, we invite teachers to prompt their students to experiment with writing about a specific place. What they express in their writing may be factual, imagined, or a combination of both.

Teachers are invited to submit up to 20 of their students’ most interesting pieces to our contest, or individual students may wish to submit a piece. Such writing may not be the most polished, and it may come from students who do not usually think of themselves as exceptional writers.

Students are encouraged to write about the experience of a place that holds significance to them. This open-ended topic serves teachers across the curriculum. The student’s voice should be evident throughout the piece. The following suggestions may help guide students to write about place, but any interpretations of the idea of place are welcome.

  • Social Studies and History teachers may invite students to write about place during a particular historical moment, on maps, or with data sets.
  • Science teachers might ask students to use what they know about certain scientific principles or methods in which place would hold significant meaning.
  • Math teachers may ask the students to write about place as it applies to numbers or mathematical concepts.
  • Language Arts and English teachers may use memoir writing to help their students explore the idea of place through their unique memories and experiences.

In this annual contest, we ask that students’ writings be typed or neatly written in dark ink, up to 1000 words in length, and mostly error-free. Parent permission slips must also accompany each piece. For each submission, include the writer’s name, address, phone number, grade level, and school.


LWWoP 2015 - advertSubmissions can be digital by individual students — CLICK HERE

Submissions can also be mailed to the KMWP:

Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project
Kennesaw State University
440 Bartow Avenue
English Building
Room 121
Kennesaw, GA 30144

OR, submissions can also be e-mailed to kmwp@kennesaw.edu as an attachment

Download the Parent Permission Letter to send along with your submission.

LWWoP Parent Permission Form


Call the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project office at 470-578-2170 if you have general questions


e-mail Mary Ann Stillerman, contest director, at mary.stillerman@gmail.com