Announcing the winners of the SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest

Published May 20, 2013

By Communications Team

To help students to develop the strong writing skills they need to meet the Common Core State Standards, we recently launched the SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest for students across the country in Grades 1-9.

The contest invited students to complete a writing assignment in a category of their choosing, providing a chance to show their skills and win a $5,000 prize package, including an iPad, for their classroom. But wait, there’s more: we’re also including the winning entries in the version of SRA Reading Laboratory 2.0 program that will be used in classrooms across the country beginning this fall!

Here’s how it worked: With the help of their teachers, students registered for the contest and elected to complete a writing assignment in one of four categories: adventure, science fiction, drama and expository. The entries were reviewed by McGraw-Hill Education reading experts—many of whom have served as classroom teachers—based on mechanics and organization, content, and creativity. The judges selected 36 finalists from the more than 450 eligible entries. Once the finalists were chosen by the experts, students, educators and the general public were invited to vote for their favorites.

Now that more than 8,000 votes have been tallied, we’re proud to announce the contest winners! Here’s the complete list:

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-5

Grades 7-9

A deep engagement with reading and writing has been a hallmark of the SRA Reading Laboratory since its debut. Now, SRA Reading Laboratory 2.0 is an interactive, personalized reading program based on the classic SRA Reading Laboratory print program created by Don H. Parker, Ph.D. The program is now 100% digital, providing students and teachers with access to a proven leveled reading program that’s accessible on any device, allowing students to practice their reading skills anytime, anywhere. SRA Reading Labs 2.0 is fully interactive and contains elements of gaming, including badges, points and hidden secrets to motivate and engage students. The program was also named a finalist for a 2013 CODiE award.

Congratulations again to the winners and to all who participated! If you’d like to learn more about SRA Reading Labs 2.0, please visit