KidzSearch 2016 Writing Decathlon

+34 votes
asked Sep 22, 2016 in KidzSearch Contests by kidzsearch (135,470 points)
edited Feb 1, 2017 by kidzsearch

We are proud to announce the 2016 KidzSearch Writing Decathlon Competition.

The Rules

Submit 10 different essays on the following topics listed below. You must cover each topic with a unique entry. Only one submission is allowed per topic. Each individual essay will be worth up to 10 points and scored by KidzSearch judges. 

The entry deadline for all of them is December 31st, 2016.

The entry with the highest number of total points wins an iPad 2 tablet. 

2nd and 3rd place entries will get gift cards worth $50 each.

You can also donate your award to the charity of your choice.

Writing Decathlon Categories

1.) Rhyming Poetry

2.) Non-Rhyming Poetry

3.) Motivational / Inspirational Essay

4.) Short Story Fiction Essay

5.) Non-Fiction How To

6.) Short Story Play Format

7.) Science Fiction / Fantasy Short Story

8.) Humor Essay

9.) Personal Opinion Essay - Convince a reader about something.

10.) Journalism Essay - Current event topic.

All entries must be posted in our 2016 Writing Decathlon Entry Section. Be sure to include the topic area in your post title. You must be a registered KidzTalk member to enter. Entries can be posted in any order. Please use separate posts for each of your 10 entries. 

Each individual entry should be under 3,000 words, but if you go over a little that is okay. There is no minimum length.  Entries must be in English.

Do not copy from other sources. We have many ways of checking and you will be disqualified from the entire competition if we find out that anything was plagiarized.  

The winning entry will be announced on February 1st, 2017. Feedback from the KidzSearch community, including valid up/down votes, as well as the final opinion of the KidzSearch judges will determine the winner. Remember, you must submit an entry for all 10 topics.

If you are not going to enter, you can still participate by casting your anonymous up/down vote on submitted entries.

Good Luck!

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UPDATE - Contest Winners

Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2016 Writing Decathlon Contest! Our judges carefully read over all the wonderful essays. There was only a 1 point difference between the 1st and 2nd place winner.

First Place: GemHeart  (iPad 2 tablet winner) 
Second Place: CountryBoy ($50 Amazon Gift Card) 
Third Place: Taurus SweetieGem
 ($50 Amazon Gift Card)

Individual Category Winners

Rhyming Poetry - GryffindorGal

Non-Rhyming Poetry - GryffindorGal

Motivational Essay - GemHeart

Short Story Fiction - Sky

Non-Fiction How-To - GryffindorGal

Short Story Play Format - GryffindorGal

Science Fiction - GemHeart

Humor Essay - CountryBoy

Personal Opinion - CountryBoy

Journalism Dancer727 

Best Entry in Any Category (Tie)



We will be in contact with the contest winners using the e-mail address we have on file. If you don't hear back from us in a few days, please contact us directly.

Again, congratulations!



commented Dec 9, 2016 by Lollypopqueen (34,950 points)
Is there any other contest coming up?
commented Dec 22, 2016 by anonymous
Is the "Short fiction story" aloud to be a legend/story with a moral to it? ( like for example the tortis and the hare?)
commented Dec 22, 2016 by Archie101 (110 points)

Winter Haikus:

Soft snowflakes drifting

Falling from the sky, snow, snow

Snow, snow, let it snow


The season of joy

Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa

Holidays are near


Frost on my window

Hot chocolate on my tongue

Heater turning on


The holidays are near

The choirs singing, bells ringing

Christmas trees and lights


Santa is coming

Presents are waiting for us

reindeers in the sky


Little pearls falling

From the dark, milky, night sky

Crip, icy, and cold

commented Dec 22, 2016 by kidzsearch (135,470 points)

We are not likely to have another writing contest until next fall, but we may have some other things planned in the spring. Stay tuned...

commented Dec 22, 2016 by kidzsearch (135,470 points)
Having a nice moral ending to your short story entry sounds great. Just make sure the story is original.
commented Dec 22, 2016 by anonymous
okay. :)
commented Dec 31, 2016 by White Rabbit (no account...)

I wrote so many great poems but someone deleted the app that they were on. I will be sure to read these entries though.

12 Answers

+1 vote
answered Dec 30, 2016 by Dancer727 (23,070 points)
edited Dec 30, 2016 by Dancer727
Is it okay if I write the short story in diary format?
commented Dec 30, 2016 by kidzsearch (135,470 points)
The short story really needs to be in paragraph format, since we have another entry category for play format.
commented Dec 30, 2016 by Dancer727 (23,070 points)
Sorry, I meant to say diary format
commented Dec 31, 2016 by kidzsearch (135,470 points)
Diary format is fine. Look forward to seeing it.
+1 vote
answered Dec 29, 2016 by Dancer727 (23,070 points)

Do you mind if I include for each entry , a list of sources and a brief description of either the format or the purpose I am writing the essay? Sorry if that doesn't make sense. 

commented Dec 29, 2016 by kidzsearch (135,470 points)
Giving us information about an entry, like sources, motivation for it, background, etc., is fine and can help us evaluate it better.
+1 vote
answered Dec 19, 2016 by BreezyMoonDancer (5,400 points)
Rhyming poeatree:

Once there was a cow, his nickname was pow.That was because his full name is polio opapo wader!
+1 vote
answered Dec 19, 2016 by BreezyMoonDancer (5,400 points)
Once you came and hugged me tight I said,ooooowwww!
+1 vote
answered Dec 18, 2016 by FrizzyFriday

Okay so I am doing 4 and here we go,

                                                                                                  Street girl.                               "Its been more than five minutes... She said five minutes" Lily thought. She was about to head home when.... She heard a rustle in the bushes behind her and she turned around and spotted something she could only describe as slender, she ran. She ran out of Borough and into Sorough then his in an ally. She could hear distant shouting. She then fell asleep. She woke up and found she was being stared at by two children. "Hi I'm Maxxie and that is Bonte" she nodded at the boy standing next to her. "We've been expecting you Lily Brown"  "Wh- who are you?" Lily managed to say. "Don't worry we don't know the answer to that question too, but we are the same now as we both have dead parents." Bonte said cheerily enough. "MY MUM ISN'T DEAD" Lily shouted. "Maxxie didn't say anything, just pointed to the motionless figure behind her. Lily hung her head, crying silently. " Where will I go now?" She said, in between tears. "With us, don't worry Lily, you're safe now." Bonte said reassuringly. Lily couldn't say andthing and allowed herself to be hauled up the side of a building like spiderman. When they got to the top it was full of children making jokes playing cards and trying to be happy. Lily thought they were trying to hard. 


So that's my entry! Hope you enjoyed! :)

+2 votes
answered Dec 2, 2016 by cheik


I am going to get that iPad.

commented Dec 7, 2016 by TylerTheDrummer (75,180 points)
Then come up with an idea. You can't just win an IPad.
commented Dec 26, 2016 by FC_Life01 (6,670 points)
why so many down votes? it just shows determination. Or are you doing dat for competition?
+2 votes
answered Oct 22, 2016 by Cheerbeth06 (220 points)

I love snow

That's all you need to know

To play in a snow show
+3 votes
answered Oct 3, 2016 by anonymous
time for snow and now i will send a letter to santa so he will give me an

commented Oct 13, 2016 by rae (87,390 points)
lol cool
+2 votes
answered Sep 27, 2016 by noodles12345







                                Winter snow

            Finally, its winter. Time to have fun in the snow.

              I will build a snowman and make snowballs ,too

              I will bake cookies and make cakes, I will make sure that i wake up in time for christmas eves feast.                                                                                                                            By:Daniela






commented Sep 28, 2016 by ❤️GryffindorGal❤️ (116,860 points)
I believe you have to be a member of Kidzsearcher to enter.
+1 vote
answered Sep 22, 2016 by ❤️GryffindorGal❤️ (116,860 points)
So exciting!

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