When are entrants notified?

At the end of January, students receive award notification in their ORS student account.  Recognition letters and award certificates are available for download on student accounts. Letters and Certificates are not mailed, but can be collected if students attend the Regional Ceremony.  Gold and Silver Key pins can be mailed to students, if requested.   […]

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How are the Writing Awards judged?

Regional Judging Student entries from the Western Pennsylvania Region are judged from mid-December to mid-January by authors and experienced writing instructors who have deep commitments to young people and their growth as writers.  7th and 8th grade entries are judged separately from grades 9-12.  Portfolios and Novels are also judged separately from all other categories. […]

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My submission status says “Incomplete” but I submitted the work…

Students are entered in the awards as soon as they upload work.  The regional coordinator will mark the student submission status as Complete once submission form(s) and payment /Fee Waivers are received. Disregard the Incomplete status – it just means payment is on its way.  Students are entered in the awards regardless of payment status.

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What do I need to know about entry fees and mailing payments?

Important terms: Student Entry / Entries – The written piece for judging. This is NOT mailed. Student Submission Form – A form that is created for each student entry; for example, if a student enters 5 poems, there will be 5 submission forms.  Parents must sign submission forms. These forms are mailed with payment. Fee […]

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