Dom Leone Writing Competition

For many years, the Leone family sponsored a writing competition named after Dom Leone, a writer and a graduate of Ursuline and YSU. Dom died of cancer in 1989. In his life, he created beautiful art in the forms of stories, poems, songs, and cartoons. The objective of the family was to inspire the students in the Mahoning Valley Diocesan schools and encourage creativity through his legacy. In 2018, the family hosted its last competition, and with their blessing, Ursuline will be continuing it. The family received nearly 700 entries per year, totaling an estimated 18,000 over the course of the competition. What a remarkable way to commemorate Dom and motivate young writers in the Mahoning Valley!

RSVP here for the Dom Leone Writing Competition Awards Ceremony & Reception

The Dom Leone Writing Contest Categories

Coloring Contest (Each student is limited to one entry per contest)
Kindergarten and Grade 1 Only – Please put the student’s name, school, grade, and the sponsoring teacher’s name on the back of the picture.

Kindergarten Entry

1st Grade Entry

Thank you to the Ursuline Art Students for creating the coloring pages!

Poetry and Song Lyrics (Each student is limited to three TYPED entries of one page each)
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8

Short Fiction (Each student is limited to one entry – no longer than two TYPED double- spaced pages)
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8

Humorous Cartoons (Only original ideas and characters will be considered. Students are limited to three single panel comic strips, black ink only on white paper, no action or adventure comics please)
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8

Prizes will be awarded in each category and for each level at the discretion of the judges:
First Place: $50
Second Place: $25
Honorable Mention: $15 or a gift card


Submitting Entries

Hardcopy/Entries by Mail

If submitting by hardcopy, the submission should be TYPED on 8 ½”  by 11” paper. Younger students may be assisted by parents or teachers in typing their work. Work must be postmarked by MARCH 5, 2021. All submissions should be photocopied since they cannot be returned.

Mail entries to:

The Dom Leone Writing Contest

Ursuline High School

750 Wick Avenue

Youngstown, Ohio 44505

On each entry, please include: The student’s name, the student’s grade, the student’s school, and the first and last name of the sponsoring teacher.

Electronic Submissions

If submitting electronically, the work must be emailed as a PDF or as a WORD Document.  The following information must be included on the entry – the student’s name, the student’s grade, the student’s school, and the first and last name of the sponsoring teacher. For more information, please visit Electronic submissions must be received by 10:00 PM on March 5, 2021.  Please send all entries to  When submitting electronically, in the subject line of the email, please include indicate the grade level and category of the submission.


Deadline for postmark or submission is March 5, 2021.

Please contact Aimee Morrison at 330-744-4563 or with questions or concerns about the contest.