Arkansas State Spelling Bee

NatBeeLogoThe Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is proud to once again bring to your students the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program.

Early bird enrollment opens Monday, Aug. 22, 2018 and will remain open through Oct. 15, 2018. Regular enrollment is Oct. 16-Dec. 14, 2018. Please visit to enroll your school. The deadline to enter your county winner is Feb. 5.

The 2019 Arkansas State Spelling Bee will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Harold E Cooper Educational Complex at Central Baptist College in Conway. The Bee will begin at 9am.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has sponsored the Arkansas State Spelling Bee since 1992. Before that, the Arkansas Gazette sponsored it from 1983-1991.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.

Purpose: Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

Local Spelling Bee Sponsors: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette conducts community spelling bee programs, in cooperation with school officials for public, private, parochial, charter, virtual and home schools. The champion of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas State Spelling Bee qualifies for participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.

Schools: Every fall, hundreds of schools enroll in our program. During the fall and winter, schools will conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade, and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to their respective county spelling bees.

Students: Students prepare for local spelling bees using a variety of materials provided by us and Merriam-Webster, and they advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. In general terms, the program is open to students who have neither turned 16 nor passed beyond the eighth grade, and who attend schools that officially enrolled with our program for the current academic year. A complete listing of eligibility requirements may be found here.