April 25th, 2015

The MindSprouts Creative Writing Contest

MindSprouts Logo
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A writing competition for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade! 

The Ren Announces its 2015 Writing Contest theme: "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars!"


Fast Facts about the MindSprouts program:

  • It’s FREE to you!
  • The program includes one “Jump Start” visit from Renaissance Educators to kick off your creative writing program with the class. Participating teachers receive a packet of activities and a resource guide to continue the program.
  • Submissions will be screened by Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas, playwright and writer for over three dozen major motion pictures and TV shows, including NBC's 30 Rock.
  • The MindSprouts program culminates in May with a showcase of the top compositions from each grade band.


K-12 teachers can schedule the Renaissance staff to provide an in-class workshop for students & teacher alike to “jump start” the creative writing process. Jump Start workshops may be scheduled for anytime November 1 through March 15th.

To schedule your MindSprouts workshop, contact:

Dauphne Maloney, Renaissance Teaching Artist/Education Assistant

419-522-2726, ext. 212 dauphne@mansfieldtickets.com

Guidelines for the MindSprouts Writing Contest:

  • All submissions must correspond to the 2015 theme: "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars"
  • Students may submit up to one work in each category: short story, poem, or play.
  • Eligibility: Students must be in grades K-12
  • Students may submit individually, or students may submit one collaborative work from a group of up to three students.
  • Submissions MUST include: student name and contact info, grade level, school.
  • There is no length requirement, but please note that winning submissions may be edited for time on stage during the showcase.


Deadline for submissions: all submissions must be received by the Renaissance no later than March 31, 2015. Submissions will be accepted via mail and email at the following addresses:

Ren Education Department
Attn: MindSprouts Contest
138 Park Ave. West
Mansfield, OH 44902


About the MindSprouts program:

In November 2011, the Renaissance launched its MindSprouts Creative Writing program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the program, Richland County teachers have the opportunity for a visit from Renaissance teaching artist Dauphne Maloney to jump start the creative process. Then, students continue work on their own to create an original composition in one or more of the following categories: short story, poem, or play.