What's new for the 90th national spelling bee? Read the Contest Rules of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee to find out.

We've also put together this handy FAQ to highlight a few of the notable changes for 2017.



What do our Spellebrities receive for being such first-class spellers? Here's what all spellers, our Finalists and the Champion can expect to receive!

For All Spellers

From Kindle: a Kindle Paperwhite
From Merriam-Webster: a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online
From Mr. Jay Sugarman: the Samuel Lewis Sugarman Award — a 2017 United States Mint Proof Set presented in honor of his father
From Encyclopædia Britannica: a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium


For the Finalists

A medal from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Misspell in Rounds 4 through 6 $500 gift card
Misspell in Round 7 through to 7th Place $2,000
6th Place $2,500
5th Place $5,000
4th Place $10,000
3rd Place $20,000
2nd Place $30,000


For the Champion

From Scripps: a $40,000 cash prize and Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy
From Merriam-Webster: a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library
From Encyclopædia Britannica: $400 of reference works including a 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium
PLUS: a trip to New York City for the Champion to appear on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
          which airs weekday mornings in national syndication.
          a trip to Hollywood for the Champion to appear on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
which airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c (pending availability).

For the Champion's School and Sponsor

From Scripps: Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved plaques