Each year, EMWD hosts a Write-Off contest for students in grades 6-8. This contest requires teacher facilitation and is aligned with the Common Core Standards.
The winning student(s) will have their story published. In addition, students and teachers are honored at an awards ceremony hosted by EMWD, where they will receive copies of the book, a trophy and a prize.
For more information, or to schedule a workshop for your students, please contact EMWD’s Education team at 951-928-3777, ext. 4350 or email the Education team.
2019 Write-Off Contest Theme:
“Are you a Pain in the Drain or are you Sewer Smart?”
The 2019 contest has closed. 2020 contest information coming soon!
This is a class-based project for students in grades 6-8, requires teacher facilitation, and is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Students may work alone or in groups of no more than four.
Students are encouraged to explore their creativity to author and illustrate an engaging story for elementary school students in grades 3-5.
Students will research and present an engaging story that includes details identified by EMWD about the chosen theme.
All participating classrooms submitting complete stories will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party. Classes submitting incomplete stories will be ineligible for pizza party.
- 500-1,000 words
- Written for grade levels 3-5
- Illustrated (students are encouraged to work in teams)
- Must include student biography, teacher biography, and student dedication.
Artwork and story text must be SEPARATE and submitted on 8.5” x 11” paper, for book design and publishing purposes.
No trademarked or copyrighted artwork or materials will be accepted.
The published story will be provided to elementary schools and libraries, and made available as an eBook at www.emwd.org/eBooks.
Story and illustrations become the property of EMWD.
Incomplete stories will be disqualified.
Submit Your Stories
Deadline to Submit Your Entry
Submissions are no longer being accepted for the 2019 Write-Off Contest. Information about the 2020 Write-Off Contest will soon be available. Please check back.
Send Us Your Entry/Entries
Please submit stories via email to the Education team or send via US mail to the following address:
Eastern Municipal Water District
c/o EMWD Education Team
PO Box 8300
Perris, CA 92572-8300
Prizes awarded to teachers and students:
|iPad Mini or Chromebook
Copies of Story Book
Copies of Story Book
All participating classrooms submitting complete stories are entered into a drawing for a pizza party.
EMWD’s winning Write-Off contest stories are available for distribution through program presentations to local elementary schools and libraries, and are made available as an eBook at www.emwd.org/eBooks.