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Information and Instructions for the 2023-24 GAE Spelling Bee

The Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) is proud to sponsor the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the state of Georgia. The GAE State Spelling Bee offers Georgia students an opportunity to exhibit their proficiency in the art of spelling and, just as importantly, vocabulary. The Scripps National Spelling Bee enrollment period begins August 22, 2023.

Dear Spelling Bee Coordinator:

The Georgia State Spelling Bee Committee of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) has been planning for another successful spelling bee program for the school year. GAE is again proud to offer Georgia students an opportunity to exhibit their proficiency in the art of spelling and, just as importantly, vocabulary. If a contestant is successful at the school system level, then he/she will have the opportunity to advance to the region competition. The region winners and runners-up compete in the state spelling bee with the state winner and runner-up advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

This school year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee enrollment period begins August 22, 2023. Early Bird School Enrollment Fee is $180/$135/$180 (Schools/Single Family Homeschools/Coop-Homeschool Associations) from now until to October 31, 2023. Beginning November 1, 2023, the fee is $199/$154/$199 (Schools/Single Family Homeschools/Coop-Homeschool Associations). GAE will end enrollment as of December 31, 2023 (NOTE: for planning purposes, Georgia’s registration closes (Dec. 31) before Scripps, which is Jan. 31, 2024).

For students to be eligible to compete in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee, their schools/homeschools must be enrolled, and they must have paid the Scripps’ enrollment fee by the state deadline of December 31, 2023. You can enroll online with Scripps at If enrolled by September 29, 2023, you will receive a prize code from Encyclopedia Britannica.

To ensure a successful local spelling bee, it is important for you to utilize the products and resources accessible at and to follow the GAE official procedures, rules, and regulations for spelling bees, which are listed on pages 7-12. To access Georgia’s State Spelling Bee Procedures, Rules, and Regulations (PRR) go to NOTE: According to Scripps, their spelling bee rules apply only to the competition at the national level; therefore, please refer to Georgia’s rules in this PRR.

Please note that we are continuing to emphasize the need to implement a minimum of one vocabulary round at both your school and county bees and spell-offs. Vocabulary has now become an equal factor in how far state representatives advance at nationals. Remember, schools can access vocabulary and spelling resources via their Scripps’ registration that can then be shared with participating contestants. GAE is also providing resource links at GAE is now implementing vocabulary rounds at both the region and state levels. We feel our students must begin to learn their vocabulary as well as the actual dynamics of spelling (rather than just simple rote word memorization).The spelling bee consultants/committee and I hope you have a great year planning and implementing your

Susan Tallant, Chair
GAE State Spelling Bee Committee

GAE Bee Information

Bee Study Resources

The GAE Spelling Bee Committee does not furnish any practice list of words to use for your speller. The ultimate recommended guide is using Webster’s 3rd New Unabridged Online International Dictionary as a study reference (   Your school can access any Scripps study material once it has enrolled and has the receipt of the enrollment fee.  Those materials may be downloaded and printed for the school winner for ongoing study.

For additional popular study sites search the internet for Bee study resources.


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