These contests take advantage of young writers and inexperienced writers of all ages.
Also see the NCTE Guidelines for Contests, which is helpful for contest organizers who want to reach out to K-12 students and for teachers assessing the legitimacy of contests for their students.
Contest Deadlines: I make every effort to update the contest list monthly and update deadline dates as the contest sponsors update them on their websites.
Contest dates may change without anyone notifying me, so users of this guide should check the contest website for the most accurate information.
Each of the winners in each school level will receive a plaque commemorating the award.
In addition, these winners will have their writing published in The Writers' Slate.
The Awards program is national in scope and administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide guidance and support for the next generation of artists and writers, in partnership with 77 regional affiliate organizations.
- Yearly writing contests for elementary, junior high/middle and high school students. Students may create a poem, a narrative, or an essay.
Deadline: April 12, 2019 Student Scholarship Essay Contest Grades 11 and 12Deadline: Postmark April 15, 2019; Received by April 22, 2019 Prizes for Poetry and Prose Open to Secondary and Undergraduate Students Fee Waiver Deadline: April 28, 2019Deadline: April 30, 2019 Grades 5-12Letters written in response to poets reading poems Select letters will be published online; Select letters will receive a response Deadline: April 30, 2019 A Voice for Animals Essay Contest for 14-15 year olds Action Project for 16-18 year olds Video, Essay with Photo, Essay submissions accepted Deadeline: April 30, 2019 Genre: Historical Fiction Open to high school age writers Deadline: April 30, 2019 Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Alternate History Fiction Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel Various age categories (K-Adult)Deadline: May 1, 2019 LGBTQ Genre Fiction Ages 14-21 Deadline: May 1, 2019 Youth PLAYSNon-musical, one-act play suitable for HS audience Written by Playwrights 19 years and under Deadline: May 1, 2019 Holocaust Writing, Art and Film Contest Open to grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, AKDeadline: May 1, 2019 World History Association Grades K-12 Deadline: May 1, 2019 Open to 2yr/4yr Accredited College Undergrads/Grads Manuscripts: short fiction, novel excerpt, creative nonfiction, poetry Deadline: May 15, 2019 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Category for Short Story by a High School Student Deadline: May 15, 2019 The Community Foundation of Dutchess County and Polyphony Lit Grades 9-12Deadline: Received by May 31, 2019 State University of New York Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year are eligible Deadline: June 1, 2019 Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction that explores social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes Ages 13-19Deadline: June 1, 2019 Ages High School / College / Graduate School Topic changes each year Deadline: June 3, 2019 Theme: Kindness Ages 25 and under Deadline: June 15, 2019 Art, Poetry, Prose, Film, Music Ages 11-18 Deadline: June 17, 2019 The Center for Gifted Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Music, Inventions Ages 8-18Deadline: June 30, 2019 Ages: Adult; Youth (13-18); Youth (12 and under)No fee for 12 and under.
Deadline: Postmark July 1, 2019 Open to students studying in Cananda and Canadian students studying abroad.