Write On Guam!

Welcome! We are excited to have you participate in the Write On Guam! Creative Competition! First things first... You will need to print out one official entry form for each student entering the contest. You can click the two pictures or download the PDF to print.


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Once you have printed and signed one official entry form for each student, you're ready for the next steps!


The theme of of the story is "Celebrating your favorite person, place, or thing."

Create a story, poem, video, poster, photo collage, drawing, or essay about something that makes you happy! Here are some ideas to help:

  • What makes you excited about this person, place, or thing?

  • Why are you grateful for this person, place, or thing?

  • What has this person, place, or thing taught you about life?

  • How does this person, place, or thing make a difference in your life?

  • Can you imagine a fictional story celebrating this person, place, or thing?

**Some things that make a story special include bright, colorful art; a unique story; a story with a good beginning, middle, and end; illustrations that match the story; attention to details; and following the contest rules!**


Grade Level Guidelines

Kids must lead, but parents and teachers can help!


KINDER - 2ND GRADE Your story needs to have at least one original photo or drawing and be at least 25 words OR Share your picture and story in a video that is at least thirty (30) seconds.

3RD - 5TH GRADE Your story needs to have at least one original photo or drawing and be at least 100 words OR Share your picture and your story in an original video that is at least one (1) minute.

6TH - 8TH GRADE Your story needs to be at least 250 words PLUS one original photo, illustration, or drawing OR Share your story in an original video that is at least two (2) minutes.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Your story needs to be at least 500 words PLUS one original photo, illustration, or drawing OR Share your story in an original video that is at least three (3) minutes.


How to Enter

Submit your child's creative poster, poem, video and/or essay along with a photo of the completed and signed official entry form via email to WriteOnGuam@guamwm.com. All entries must be received by 11:59PM on September 30, 2020 to be considered. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending your email, please call 671-688-6379 to verify receipt. All entry forms must be signed by an adult parent or guardian.


Prizes for Students! (Everyone Wins!)

All entries receive a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement! The Top Ten submissions in each age group receive a special Honorable Mention Award and there's also 1st and 2nd Place prizes in each age group!


Kindergarten – 2nd Grade:

1st Place - $100 Gift Card for Agana Shopping Center

2nd Place - $25 Gift Card for Agana Shopping Center

3-5th Grade:

1st Place - $100 Gift Card for Agana Shopping Center

2nd Place - $25 Gift Card for Agana Shopping Center

6-8th Grade

1st Place - $100 Gift Cards ($50 LoveClub Street Wear & $50 Dannie’s Vanity)

2nd Place - $25 Gift Card for Agana Shopping Center

High School

1st Place - $100 Gift Cards ($50 LoveClub Street Wear & $50 Dannie’s Vanity)

2nd Place - $25 Gift Card Agana Shopping Center


Prizes for the Classroom!

The grade school classroom or high school homeroom with the most entries in first will receive hundreds of dollars worth of supplies! Supplies may include (but are not limited to) school supplies, art supplies, face masks, and hand sanitizer. Guam Windward Memorial will work with the teacher of the winning class to see what's needed most!


Helpful Writing Resources


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is it important to follow the rules? A. Yes! We count the words of stories. Any written story that goes under the required word count may not be eligible for consideration as a winning story. If you are entering a written story, you must include at least one drawing or photo. If you are entering a video, it must be the correct length of video based on the age group. All stories, drawings, photos, and videos must be the original work of the student. This means that the student has created the piece.


Q. Does spelling count? A. No! The judges are asked not to count off for spelling errors, but it is never a bad idea to check your spelling and your grammar!


Q. Who is eligible to submit stories to the contest? A. Children living on Guam in grades K-12 are invited to participate.

Q. What is the deadline for entries? A. Stories must be received by email no later than 11:59PM on September 30, 2020.


Q. How do I submit my story?

A. Complete and sign the official entry form and email it along with your student's submission to WriteOnGuam@guamwm.com. If you have any questions, email us kersha.taitano@pfmguam.com or call 1-671-688-6379.


Q. When will the stories be judged, and how are they judged? A. Stories will be judged during the month of October. They are judged on the quality of the art, the quality of the writing, and how well the art and the writing work together. For those submitting a video instead of the written word, it will be judged on the story and the entertainment value of the video.


All the stories submitted to Guam Windward Memorial are read by the staff. Outstanding stories at each grade level are chosen for judging by a panel of judges made up of local teachers, librarians, authors, artists, journalists, and radio personalities. This panel selects a first and second place winner at each level. The remaining stories selected for judging are awarded an honorable mention.


Q. How will I know if my story won? A. First and Second Place winners and honorable mention winners are notified by phone or email following judging.


A Few Rules

· Submissions must follow the guidelines for each category

· Submissions must be in English

· No previously published work

· Deadline to submit: September 30, 2020 11:59PM ChST

· Winner will be announced on November 14, 2020.

· Participants grant us allowance to share their submissions via our website, Facebook page, local newspaper articles, radio and TV. We will not publish your work without further approval.

· Participation is open to all students living on Guam.


Rights Associated with Contest

Submission of the Entry Form constitutes permission from the participant’s parent/legal guardian for GWM to use the participants’ name, likeness, biographical information, information and materials contained in the Entry Form, photographs, and any statements or remarks made about the Contest in advertising and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.  All entries, and any copyrights therein, become the sole property of GWM. 


By entering, entrants’ parent/legal guardian agree to abide by the above stated rules, and warrant that their child’s/ward’s entry is their original work and does not infringe upon or violate rights of any third party, and grant to GWM the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use their entry materials without permission, notice or compensation.  No royalties will be paid at this or any time.


By submitting an entry and Entry Form, each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of the participant, agrees to assign all right, title, and interest in and to the entry and Entry Form to GWM and warrants that the participant’s parent/legal guardian has the authority to assign such right, title, and interest. In the event that any applicable law requires certain formalities to be fulfilled to effectuate such grant of rights, each participant (and parent or guardian) agrees to cooperate with GWM to achieve fulfillment of such formalities.


By submitting an Entry Form, each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of participant, agrees to be bound by these Contest Rules.  Each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of the participant, agrees to release and hold GWM, and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder.  


GWM reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the Contest at any time.  Income and all other taxes are the responsibility of the prize recipient.  GWM is not responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with participation in the Contest.