Photo Credit: Steve Babineau

Will McDonough Writing Contest

The Will McDonough Writing Contest, named in honor of the legendary Boston Globe sportswriter, takes place every year.

In 2023, over 1,000 students from across New England participated in the contest. The winners are chosen by Globe sports writers and editors. The contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12.

To see all the photos from the 2023 Will McDonough Writing Contest Award Ceremony, visit The Sports Museum’s Facebook page. Photo Credits: Steve Babineau

The 2023 Will McDonough Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 winners and honorable mentions. We read many great essays this year and look forward to The 2024 Will McDonough Writing Contest!

The judges this year were: Michael Vega, Amin Touri, Peter Abraham, Alex Speier, Chad Finn, Jon Couture, Brendan Kurie, Tara Sullivan, and Bob Hohler.

Thank you Matt Pepin and The Boston Globe for all of your help!

2023 Will McDonough Writing Contest Ceremony

Featured Essays

A group of people from the Will McDonough Writing Contest holding their essays in front of the TD Garden Arena.
The Sports Museum hosted the 2022 Will McDonough Writing Contest Ceremony on April 1, 2022 at TD Garden. Various Boston Globe writers and editors chose the winning essays that will be displayed in The Sports Museum for the rest of the year.
A black and white image of Serena Williams swinging a racket during a match
By Isabella M.
Methuen High School in Methuen, MA
11th Grade Entry, ‘20 Will McDonough Writing Contest
Jackie Robinson swinging a bat in warmups
By Victoria R.
Hull High School in Hull, MA
10th Grade Entry, ‘19 Will McDonough Writing Contest
WIlma Rudolph running on a track
By Hannah S.
Col. Moses Parker Middle School in Chelmsford, MA
5th Grade Entry, ‘06 Will McDonough Writing Contest

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