Rules of the Challenge

This contest is open to fourth and fifth grade South Carolina students. Students, individually or in groups of up to four, must develop their entries under the supervision of an adult who assures the entry adheres to the rules and provides general guidance. The story and illustrations must be the students’ work and be submitted electronically using the platform Story Jumper.

Write and illustrate a children’s book that focuses on the theme of Co-ops Power the Future.

Examples of this theme may include writing about broadband, solar, EV chargers, energy efficiency upgrades, and other services offered.

  • Entries must include an “Author’s Summary” or small introduction and a photograph of the author(s) on the inside back cover. Do the same for the illustrator if a different person.
  • Creative Guidelines and Judging Rubric Entries will be judged on three criteria: story, illustrations, and connection to and inclusion of electricity.
  • Books can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Text may be typed or handwritten.
  • Each book must clearly have a title, author, and illustrator. Each entry may use up to two pages for glossary terminology, if desired.
  • Selection criteria entries will be judged on originality of story and the creative connection of content to energy, cooperatives, and how electricity changes lives through words and illustrations.

Each winning student from each cooperative will receive a check for $50. The teacher will also receive $50.

  • Groups cannot be larger than 4 students.
  • One statewide grand prize winner (student) will receive a check for $500. The teacher will also get a monetary gift.
  • Winners will have their book printed.
  • The statewide winner will be announced in the South Carolina Living magazine.
  • Color copies of winning books will be displayed in the local co-op offices.