Looking for information about your local spelling bee program?

We have over 250 local spelling bee sponsors, including newspapers, universities, media companies and even an NFL team! Every sponsor's local area spelling bee program is different.

Use the buttons below to read the 2019 Rules for Local Spelling Bees and learn more information about your area's program, from the structure of the local competition to the date of your regional spelling bee.

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Get them started on a path they never imagined.

Thousands of students in classrooms across America will begin an unforgettable journey this fall. As each student steps forward to spell a word during their school bee, they are one step closer to reaching the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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Subscribe to the Bee’s biweekly e-newsletter crafted just for teachers. With educational content from Merriam-Webster, Grammar Girl and others, the Teacher’s Beehive provides you with new ideas and tips to help your students improve spelling, increase vocabulary and learn language concepts.

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Championing Every Speller

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is about much more than spelling, word origins and correct pronunciation. It's about inspiring confidence and a love of language that lasts a lifetime.

Our spellers are capable of more than they ever dreamed. Participating in a spelling bee teaches them valuable lessons about sportsmanship, public speaking and the value of friendship. Share the resources they need to succeed in the Bee and in life.

Behind every speller is a teacher who first believed in their potential. Take the first step on your students' journey to Washington, D.C.

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Set the Stage

We've worked closely with schools and educators since the very first National Spelling Bee in 1925. Our partnerships have helped us develop the tools teachers and students need to succeed at every level of the Bee, from the classroom all the way to Washington, D.C.

Great Words, Great Works Book List

This year, all 450 words on the School Spelling Bee Study List come from a list of engaging, grade level-appropriate books called the Great Words, Great Works list. You can download this reading list for your students and encourage them to search for their spelling words in the context of great stories!