A group of people from the Will McDonough Writing Contest holding their essays in front of the TD Garden Arena.
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 2022, over 1,000 students from across New England participated in the contest. The winners are chosen by Globe Sports Editors. The contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12.

To see all the photo’s from the 2022 Will McDonough Writing Contest Award Ceremony, visit The Sports Museum’s Facebook page. Photo Credits: Steve Babineau 

4th Grade

2023 Will McDonough Writing Contest

 The Sports Museum is once again accepting entries for The Will McDonough Writing Contest. Students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to apply.

 The deadline for submission is March 6th. The winners will be announced via The Sports Museum’s website on March 17th.

First-place winners, along with their families, writers and editors from the Boston Globe, and members of the McDonough family will be invited to participate in an award ceremony.

Winners will also receive a Kindle and have their essays featured in the Will McDonough Exhibit in The Sports Museum, located within the TD Garden, and other prizes. Second-place winners will receive a Kindle and Honorable Mentions will receive four (4) passes to The Sports Museum.

Please find the link to the  rules, guidelines and entry forms below.

Click Grade Level to Enter

If you experience issues with the Google Form, please submit entry as an attachment to cflynn@sportsmuseum.org

If you have any questions about The 2023 Will McDonough Writing Contest, please contact Caroline Flynn at cflynn@sportsmuseum.org

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

The 2022 Will McDonough Writing Content Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 winners and honorable mentions. We read many great essays this year and look forward to The 2023 Will McDonough Writing Contest!

The judges this year were: Chad Finn, Nicole Yang, Julian Benbow, Bob Hohler, Tara Sullivan, Jon Couture, Alex Speier, Sarah Pepin, Matt Pepin.

2022 Will McDonough Writing Contest Ceremony

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If you have any questions regarding the writing contest, please contact Michelle Gormley at mgormley@sportsmuseum.org.

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