Scholastic is sponsoring a Kids Are Authors contest for youth in grades K-8.
From the Scholastic website:
Kids Are Authors is an annual competition open to Grades K–8 and is designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create their own books.
Under the guidance of a project coordinator, children work in teams of three or more students to write and illustrate their own book. The creative process of working in teams helps provide a natural environment to practice editing, teamwork, and the communication skills necessary for future success. All students involved get a sense of pride and accomplishment from submitting the team project.
More info can be found here.
Sounds like a great opportunity to get kids excited about writing -- and learn teamwork along the way!