The Betty Award - A Writing Contest for Children Ages 8-12


The Betty Award - A Writing Contest for Kids Ages 8-12





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In honor of my Mother, Betty, who taught all of her 6 children
to love reading and writing at an early age.

The Betty Award has both
a Spring & Fall contest. 
Enter now for the
Fall 2016 contest!  The
deadline for the Fall entries
is October 8, 2016.


First Place: Jacqueline Lucine Schmeizl, Age 10
Heublein Stands Tall
Simsbury, CT

Second Place: Sebastian Ambriz, Age 9
Torch: The Soldier Who Wouldn't Fight
Santa Ana, CA

Third Place: Danielle Park, Age 12
Courage Starts Here
Cresskill, NJ

Honorable Mention: Arah Chae, Age 9
Seoul, South Korea

Honorable Mention: Camila Milena Gomez, Age 11
Thanks Mrs. Dondlinger
Lincoln, NE

How to Enter the Writing Contest:

Simply download The Betty Award Entry Form, type your story and mail it to us with the Reading Fee.

Deadline for Fall 2016 Entries:

All entries must be postmarked no later than October 8, 2016. Winners will be notified by November 15, 2016.


Winning Fall 2016 entries will be published on this website
after November 15, 2016.

Reading Fee:

Win Cash Prizes With The Betty Award Writing Contest

There is a $15 US reading fee per story.
Please make check or money order payable to
The Betty Award.

Contest Rules:

Mail Entries & Reading Fee To:

The Betty Award
P.O. Box 1826
Oak Park, IL 60304

Many thanks to Public Communications, Inc. who assisted with the judging of the Spring 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 contests.

Many thanks to The Children's School who assisted with the judging of the Spring 2012 contest.