Contests and Competitions


Below is an alphatically arranged list of contests and competitions for kids. These are open to homeschoolers. If you know of other contests or competitions, please email me the info at

  • Dave Ramsey Coloring Contest for KIds JUNIOR’S COLORING CONTEST for kids 12 and under and win $1000. This is sponsored by Dave Ramsey, the Christian Financial Counselor. Visit and follow the on-screen entry instructions. Rules:

  • eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, math and technology competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for regional and national awards. eCYBERMISSION challenges you to explore how science, math and technology work in your world. Registration begins September 1st. .

  • Grannie Annie Writing Contest. The first-ever international Writing Contest for One-of-a-Kind Kids: The Grannie Annie — A Family Story Celebration. Who are the story keepers in your family? Just ask them! They’ll tell you stories about “the old days” that are so amazing you’ll want to write them down. Ask about your grandparents and great-grandparents. Ask about their daily lives, their adventures, their joys, and their sorrows. Take notes! You are invited to follow The Grannie Annie Guidelines and enter a one-of-a-kind story from a past generation of your family. Your story can be humorous, tragic, or inspirational. It can be a story of courage, adventure, or anything you find interesting about your family’s past.

  • Homeschool Writer's has a list of writing contests available to homeschoolers.

  • Homeschool Math Contests lists a growing number of math contests open to homeschoolers.

  • Kids Turn Central has a large list of contests for kids.

  • Mimi's Café Writing Contest - Oklahoma Statewide. Mimi’s Café of Tulsa and Oklahoma City are hosts an annual “Write Stuff” essay writing contest. It’s a state wide contest for first through sixth grade students (homeschooled students included) to write a one page essay on what they have to be most thankful for. The winners and their families are invited to Mimi’s Café for a thanksgiving luncheon, the kids read their essays aloud and the top three winners receive savings bonds. For contest rules and more information, please contact: Kristy Gross, Account Manager, Waller & Company Public Relations. Email: Phone: 918.587.1909.

  • Odyssey of the Mind. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Training begins in September and competition is in the spring. Oklahoma Competition and Classroom Activities.

  • Reading is Fundamental has several contests available for kids.

  • River of Words Contest. Each year, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words conducts a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover. The contest is open to any child in the world, from 5-19 years of age. Older students must have not yet completed high school. There is no charge to enter. Deadline is February 15.

  • Stone Soup publishes writing by children up to age 13.

  • Student Press Law Center offers the Courage in Journalism Awards - two $5,000 awards for middle and high school students.

  • ThanksUSA American History Treasure Hunt Contest

ThanksUSA hosts an annual American history treasure hunt that can be completed online. It is open to homeschoolers. The treasure hunt is divided into chapters which focus on individual states or a branch of the military. By completing a chapter, an individual or youth group is entered into a drawing for prizes (gift certificates for groups, laptops for individuals). There is no cost to participate. NOTE: The main purpose of the site is to solicit donations for scholarships for children and spouses of active duty military personnel.

  • This is My Family OHS Kids Art Contest

    How does your family fit into the rich canvas that is Oklahoma's past? Show us through your art! Two categories for grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6. Prizes! Deadline is October 31.

  • Young Scientists Challenge. Do you have what it takes to be America's Top Young Scientist? Discovery Education and 3M are looking for a few great students to inspire us with their enthusiasm for science, so show us what you've got! Create a short (1-2 min.) video about one of this year's scientific topics and YOU could win a trip to New York City to compete in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finals.



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