Rules

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.

 

Prizes

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