Writing and Illustration Contest

The Duke TIP Writing and Illustration Contest invites all 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants to submit a creative short story, an illustration, or both!

The writing component takes place first, and the illustrations are based on writing contest winners.

Part Open Date Close Date
Writing Contest 12/1/2018 1/22/2019
Illustration Contest 3/12/2019 4/12/2019
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Part 1: Creative Writing Contest is now closed

2019 Writing Contest Prompt: The Big Surprise

Students were asked to write a story about an adventure getting lost in a national park, what they experienced, what they saw, how their family members reacted, and the resolution to the unexpected situation

Part 2: Illustration Contest is now closed

Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants were invited to create and submit an original two-dimensional artwork that effectively illustrated a scene and the emotions expressed in the first-place story from the student’s same grade level.

For example, fourth graders depicted a scene or event from the fourth-grade first-place story. You can find the first-place stories are posted on the winners page.

Illustration Contest winners will be announced on May 15.

Awards and prizes

First-, second-, and third-place winners are selected for each grade for both parts of the contest. All winners and their enrolling schools receive cash prizes:

  • $200 for first-place
  • $100 for second-place
  • $50 for third-place

All winners are highlighted in Navigator, the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search's online magazine, and first-place entries are posted to our website at the conclusion of each part of the contest.

To be eligible to receive a cash prize, the student must be a US citizen or a US permanent resident with a Form I-551 (Permanent Resident Card or Resident Alien Card), also known as a green card.

Additional contest details

The Duke TIP Writing and Illustration Contest is a benefit of participation in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and is open to current participants only. Students can only submit one entry for each part of the contest each academic year. Due to the large number of entries received, Duke TIP is unable to provide feedback or return individual submissions. However, we will provide a confirmation of receipt by email.