Young Authors Guide


Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website. This is an ad-free page; publications and contests listed here have not paid to be included. This page is maintained by Editor Denise Hill, a teacher who loves to encourage young writers.


A Note to Young Writers: Publications expect you to read their publications to know what kinds of work they publish. Take time to become familiar by reading their content online or requesting a sample copy. DO NOT just send your work without having read the publication. It's a mistake too often made by many writers, and it annoys the publisher. Do not annoy publishers.


A Note to Teachers: Please read the above note to Young Writers. If you assign your students to submit their writing for publication, also assign them to research the market and find an appropriate publication for their work.


NewPages does not accept submissions for any publication listed here. Please do not send us your writing for publication.


Subscriptions Matter! If you like a publication, subscribe to it, or ask your local and/or school librarian to subscribe.



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Adroit Journal

A  literary magazine run entirely by high school and college students. Adroint publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, art/photography, and cross-genre works with separate submissions for "adults" and those "under the age of 21."

Aerie International

The International Literary Arts Magazine in Residence at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana. Publishes poetry, short prose - fiction and nonfiction, poems with translation, visual art and photography.

Allegheny Review

Only accepts submissions from currently enrolled undergraduates (which could include dual-enrolled high school students). This will link to their temporary web site - their way-cool site crashed. Stay tuned for updates.

Amazing Kids eZine

Writers ages 5-17 may submit poetry, stories, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, essays, articles, etc. Both fiction and non-fiction are welcome.  

The Apprentice Writer

This annual publiation from Susquehanna University accepts written work and photography/graphics by high school students (grades 9-12) from the United States.

The Blue Pencil Online

Edited and produced by the students in the Writing & Publishing Program at Walnut Hill, The Blue Pencil Online publishes verse, short fiction, and playwriting in English by young writers (ages 12-18) around the world.

The Blue Route

An online magazine of undergraduate fiction and poetry, published biannually by Windener University.


A quarterly online journal of poetry, creative nonfiction, persuasive essay, fine art and photography published in the months of February, May, August & November. BRICKrhetoric ccepts submissions of  year-round from writers in grades 9-12.

Cadaverine (UK)

Poetry and prose by authors under the age of 25. From urban gothic to high modernism, cyberpunk to scathing satire, science fiction to fictitious cookery. New voices of British literature.


Publishing fiction, poetry, plays, creative nonfiction, video poems, audio poems and cross-genre works by 13-18-year-olds as well as artwork.

Catfish Creek

Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction journal from Loras College. Any student currently registered in an undergraduate program is eligible to submit writing.

Claremont Review

A magazine showcasing inspiring young adult writers ages 13-19.

Cicada Magazine

For youth readers 14-21. All ages submissions.

Collision Literary Magazine

Poetry, creative non-fiction prose, literary criticism, art and photography by undergraduate students. Published by the University Honors College, University of Pittsburgh.

The Concord Review

For exemplary history essays written by high school students.


Crashtest publishes poetry, stories and creative non-fiction in the form of personal essays, imaginative investigation, experimental interviews, etc., high school teens grades 9 - 12.

Creative Kids

Creative Kids magazine is the nation’s largest magazine by and for kids with games, stories, and opinions all by and for kids ages 8–14.

Cuckoo Quarterly

An online literary publication of poetry, short fiction, rants, reviews, interviews, and more. Open to submissions from youth under 19 years, with no restrictions on genre or format.

Diverse Voices Quarterly

A new publication seeking writing from all ages: poetry, short story, essay, nonfiction, and artwork.

The Élan Literary Magazine

A student run magazine in Jacksonville, FL through Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts. Accepting original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and plays from writers 14- to 18-years-old. Two online editions and one print edition per year.


An online writing community from HarperCollins Publishing for writers 13 years old and older to share young adult fiction, short stories, and poetry, give and receive feedback, and enter contests.

First Inkling

A pubication of writing from students in accredited colleges or universities at the community college, undergrad, graduate, or post doctorate level around the world.

Fountain of Youth Productions

Writing a script? Want to have your screenplay turned into a movie? FYP is open to scripts of 5-15 pages in length (5-15 minutes) written by youth 17 and younger. Please no special effects, fantasy/magic, extreme violence, or inappropriate content. Main characters should be under 18.

Frodo’s Notebook

Poetry, creative/personal essays, fiction, articles, visual art by youth 13-19. Also accepts adult submissions. Has been relaunched as Young Writers.

Green Blotter

The literary magazine of Lebanon Valley College features fiction, poetry, photography, and other visual art by undergraduates. Submissions accepted November 1 through February 28. Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.


A new subdivision of BRICKrhetoric set to launch in May 2011, GREYstone accepts and publishes poetry, stories, artwork and photography from students (and teachers) K-12 for their quarterly online publication, which comes out in the months of February, May, August & November. Students 9-12 grade can submit to either BRICKrhetoric or GREYstone, whichever they feel is most appropriate for their work.

Guardian Angel Kids

A children's Ezine designed for healthy and safe entertainment for children. Includes stories, poetry, video, audio, games, free coloring pages, and more. Submissions accepted from young writers and artists up to 12 years old.

Hanging Loose Press

Hanging Loose welcomes high school submissions. "We feel a special responsibility to those young writers who look to us not only for possible publication but sometimes also for editorial advice, which we are always happy to give when asked. Our work as editors is of course time-consuming, but we feel a strong commitment to give as much time and attention as possible to the work we receive from high school age writers."


An entirely Spanish-language magazine geared towards kids aged 7 to 12. Each issue includes short stories, biographies and interviews with prominent Latino personalities, puzzles, craft projects, kid-friendly recipes, science articles, humor, and more. Accepts submissions in Spanish only.


This online publication features new short fiction and poetry for teens (ages 14-17) with an LGBTQAI theme.


Fiction, flash fiction, microfiction, games, learning activities, and writing advice for kids 9 to 14 years old. Sponsored by Silver Pen Writers' Association.


Created by and for eleven to fifteen year olds, which empowers kids to explore the deeper side of life in a spirit of openness. KidSpirit is an unaffiliated spiritual magazine for young people of all backgrounds who like to think about "the meaning of life and the big questions that affect us all."

Kiki Magazine

An independent magazine owned and operated by women who care about girls. Kiki uses the college fashion design curriculum to tap into girls' creativity, including business, fine art, craft, history, world culture, math, and even chemistry. The publication accepts submissions of illustrations, artwork, photos, or articles from all ages.

Launch Pad

A bimonthly magazine dedicated to publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork written and created by children ages 6-12.

Lip Magazine

Articles, essays, short stories, poetry, reviews and artwork on a variety of topics relevant to 14-25 year old females.

Literary Laundry

An online publication of poetry, prose, and drama. Each issue the editors select works written by undergraduates for outstanding award as well as cash prizes.

The Louisville Review

"The Children's Corner" accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12. Seeks writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings. Honest emotion and original imagery are more important to a poem than rhyming and big topics—such as life, moralizing, and other abstractions. Parental signature must accompany submissions.

Magic Dragon

A quarterly publication, presents writing and art created by children in the elementary school grades in a magazine of quality four-color printing and graphic display.

Merlyn’s Pen

Accepts works of fiction and nonfiction on topics related to pop culture, media, advertising, and their impact on the lives of teens.


"The magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing," published by the same folks as Cricket magazine, for kids 9-14. Muserology Cafe accepts written works from young writers for online publicaiton.

My Hero

An ever-growing internet archive of hero stories from around the world for all ages. My Hero web site hosts thousands of stories of remarkable individuals written by children and adults alike. Includes video and tutorials.

Native Youth Magazine

Native youth between the ages of 12 and 25 are encouraged to submit articles, poetry, profiles, photos and illustrations. Submissions from adults are also welcome.

Navigating the Maze

A teen annual anthology featuring poetry and artwork of high school students from around the world. Submissions accepted year round. Deadline for each year's edition is the first Friday of March.

New Moon

Uniquely created by girls 8-14, contains fiction, poetry, artwork, science, articles about the lives of girls and women around the globe.

Newport Review

A general interest literary e-zine with a special interest in encouraging emerging writers. The New Voices section, in every issue, publishes prose and poetry by new writers ages 13-22 or in high school or college.

newNinth Letter Web Edition

Ninth Letter web edition is dedicated poetry and fiction by graduate and undergraduate creative writing students across the country.

The Noisy Island

The Noisy Island publishes work by high-school age writers in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and music. The editors currently define “high-school age” as graduates of or projected graduates of the Class of 2013 - Class of 2017.

North Central Review

The North Central Review is one of only a handful of literary journals publishing exclusively the writings and works of undergraduate students. The North Central Review considers all genres, including short fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and mixed genre pieces. Submission deadlines Oct 15 and Feb 15.

One Teen Story

A monthly publication from the editors of One Story. This publication features teen writers and is available in print as well as via Kindle and other e-reading devices.

The Oval

The Oval is an undergraduate-run, non-profit annual literary journal at the University of Montana. They accept previously unpublished poetry, prose, and visual art by currently enrolled undergraduates nationwide.

Parallel Ink

An online magazine publishing poetry, narratives, and essays by students ages 12-18 around the world. The e-zine is managed across continents by three high-schoolers along with other students who serve as guest editors, artists, and translators.


A regional journal, focused only on Georgia writers who are of high school age or who are freshman or sophomores in Georgia colleges.

Poet Grow-Op

For Canadian secondary school writers. Sponsored by The Antigonish Review.


The undergraduate journal of arts and literature of Ohio Northern University is now accepts submissions for poetry, fiction, visual art, and nonfiction only from undergraduate students worldwide.

Polyphony H.S.

Written, edited, and published by high school students, includes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Their submissions page includes a lot of helpful advice on how to prepare your work before sending it in.

Postscript Journal

A national literary magazine for high school and college writers, run entirely by students. Postscript publishes poetry, short story, and creative nonfiction, reaching worldwide audiences and contributors.

Prairie Margins

Prairie Margins is an undergraduate publication at Bowling Green State University. Our reading dates are between September and December. Accepts submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


Released each December, this anthology encourages young poets to continue writing and reading poetry. Contributors must be age 15 or younger when the poems were written. Submissions are accepted by email from a parent/guardian only. Deadline: June 15.


An online publication of Young Poets, a project of The League of Canadian Poets featuring new poetry and writing from youth, aged 13-18. Calls for submissions are issued three times per year, and there is a Teachers link with some helpful articles.

A River & Sound Review

If you are between the ages 14 and 21 and enjoy writing, please submit your poems, stories, or essays to be considered for reading at an upcoming live production. "Writers may submit up to three poems, or an essay or story up to 1,000 words in length. Selection of the work will be based on the literary merit of the submission and its appropriateness for our program. Due to our production schedule and limited staff, it may take us up to three months to notify you of our acceptance of your submission."

Safety Pin Review

A "publication" of short fiction under 30 words. Submissions are printed on fabric and worn for a week by one of SPR's "operatives." Photos of the operative wearing the fiction are posted to the website each week. All ages welcome to submit writing.

Skipping Stones

An international publication for readers 8-16 that celebrates ecological and cultural diversity and facilitates a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences by publishing essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, etc.

Smith Magazine

Creators of the Six-Word Memoir Project, Smith has a space just for teen writers to explore storytelling through condensed personal narrative.

Speak Up!

A national, annual non-profit literary journal published in hard copy that provides a creative voice for young adults (ages 13-19 yrs.) through publication of their original fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, photography, and artwork.

Stone Soup

Fiction, poetry, illustrated stories, illustrations by youth under 13.

The SOP: Student Operated Press

A site for novice writers, student journalists, amateur broadcasters and unpublished authors with the goal to help students become better writers.

newStone Crowns

An outlet for the work of short fiction writers, poets, and artists who focus on the Young Adult reader, "with an emphasis on unbounded imagination, sense of place, strong-voiced characters, and the exploration of parts of the world others may not readily see."

Sucker Literary Magazine

An online PDF and Kindle publication of Young Adult (YA) Literature.

Suddenly Lost in Words

"A global publication with a global perspective" from the voices of young adults, both new and established writers, 13 and older. Suddenly Lost in Words pays professional rates for published works, which then appear in eBook releases to sold through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Susquehanna Review

Susquehanna University's nationally distributed student-run annual literary magazine contains riginal ficiton, creative nonfiction, and poetry by undergraduate writers currently attending an accredited university in the United States.

Teen Ink

Publishing categories: Art; Poetry; Fiction; Sports; Opinion; Community Service; Nonfiction (including Pride and Prejudice, Travel and Culture, Environment, You and Your Health, What Matters, Heroes, Cars, Jobs and Money); Reviews (books, movies, music, colleges, TV, web sites, video games, summer programs); College Essays and Articles; and Interviews. For ages 13-19.


Info and features about teens' favorite authors, books, series and characters. Part of The Book Report Network, a group of websites founded in 1996 that share book reviews, features,  author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the new releases, literary games and contests.

Through the 3rd Eye

A non-profit poetry website out of Grand Rapids, MI operating on a volunteer basis and featuring reviews of published poetry, interviews with established Michigan poets, and poetry by up-and-coming Michigan poets. Accepts submissions of poetry by young people aged 8-25 who live in Michigan.


Notes from the Teen Underground

This occasional column reveals secrets of teen culture to the adults who care regarding books, information, entertainment, media, and identity.

Write On! For Literacy

Write On! For Literacy encourages kids to discover confidence, joy, self-expression and connection with others through reading and writing.  Attention young writers! Dallas Woodburn, the founder, is looking for book reviews of your favorite childrens, middle grade and young adult books to publish on the Write On! website.

The Writer’s Slate

The Writers' Slate online publishes original poetry and prose from students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It also publishes pedagogical or creative writing by teachers.

Yaldah Magazine

A publication for Jewish girls publishing short fiction, poetry, true stories, and essays by girls ages 9-17. Writing should be of interest to Jewish girls ages 9-14. 


Young Adult Review Network is an online literary journal that publishes original short fiction, poetry, and essays for Young Adult readers (14+), written by established writers as well as new voices, including teens.


Youth Outlook publishes report writing, poetry, personal narrative, comics and art in its monthly magazine, as well as on the website. For youth 14-25 in the Bay Area.

Young Writers Project

YWP welcomes K-12 students in Vermont and western New Hampshire to submit their written work, photos and art work for possible publication in the Newspaper Series.

Youth Communications

Short, nonfiction stories and related lessons to help students improve their reading and writing skills, and improve the social and emotional skills that support school success.


Youth submissions, comics, puzzles, games, crafts, jokes, sports, girl stuff, pet fun, movie previews, stories, recipes, interviews, true stories, posters & more for ages 8-12. Currently accepts submissions from Canadian residents only due to grant funding restrictions.


a literary and art magazine providing college students a venue for publishing their  poetry, prose, fiction and visual artwork. The magazine is distributed and produced by students at Sonoma State University in California.

Zeka Academic Journal

A  multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal by high school students. Zeka is open to publish on any serious topic, ranging from toxicology to book reviews to art criticisms. Eligible authors must be either high school students or under the age of 18.


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This is a select list of contests from reputable sources. There are many contests that charge fees, but for young authors, I have sought contests which mean to recognize and encourage young writers and do not charge reading or entry fees. Of those listed that do charge a fee, some provide a publication subscription in return as they are trying to gain new readers; that seems fair and the publishers are up front about it.


Please avoid contests that tell you you've won, and then want you to purchase expensive copies of the book in which you have been published. These types of "scam" contests publish hundreds, even thousands of entrants and profit greatly from the book sales. These contests take advantage of young writers and inexperienced writers of all ages.


Charlie Hughes, formerly of Wind Publications, has a great site that gives advice about how to submit your work for publication and how to avoid contest scams. Please educate yourself by reading it: Submitting Your Literary Work for Publication.

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Penn Cove Literary Arts Award

(Formerly the Student Choice Contest)

Whidbey MFA at the Northwest Institute of Liteary Arts welcomes submissions of poetry and fiction from writers of all ages.

Deadline: Monthly

January Deadline
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John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments

Grades 9 - 12

Deadline: January 6, 2014

Embracing Our Differences

Art Exhibit and Quote Contest

For all ages

Deadline: January 6, 2014

The Writing Conference

Theme-based contest for poetry, narrative, and essay.

Grades K-12

Deadline: January 8, 2014

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest

Grades 4 - 8

Deadline: January 10, 2015

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Grades 7 - 12 during the 2013/2014 school year

Deadline: Varies by Region - Enter zip code to find deadline

Oregon Quarterly

Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest

Open to enrolled college students

Deadline: January 15, 2014

February Deadline
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Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Chapman University

Grades: Middle and High School

Deadline: February 5, 2014

The Blue Pencil Online

Elizabeth Bishops Prizes

Poetry, Fiction, Playwriting

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11

Deadline: Noon on February 1

Prize: $15,000 scholarship to the Writing & Publishing Program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

Gannon University

High School Poetry Contest

Grades 9-12

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Canines for Charity

Essay ("My First Puppy") and Drawing Contest

Grades K-12

Deadline: February 5, 2014

Random House Creative Writing Competition

For NY City Pubic School Seniors

Poetry, spoken word, fiction, drama, essay, memoir

Deadline: February 7, 2014

The Living Rainforest

International Schools Essay Competition and Debate

Ages: Primary and Secondary School Categories

Deadline: February 10, 2014

Teachers must register class of students.

Skipping Stones

Haiku Contest

Grades: K-12

Deadline: February 11, 2013

Moment Magazine


Ages 9-13

Deadline: February 16, 2015

Southern Illinois University

The Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers

Ages 15 - 18

Deadline: Postmark February 18, 2013

YES! Magazine

National Student Quarterly Writing Competition

Based on essay from YES! Magazine and writing prompt.

Several age categories Grade 5 - Adult Learner

Deadline: February 22, 2013


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Stony Brook

State University of New York

Short Fiction Prize

Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2013-2014 are eligible for the prize.

Deadline: Postmark March 2, 2014

Writing for Peace

Writers research a new culture, write a poem or short story in the voice of a character from that culture, and reflect upon the lessons learned in the form of a short essay.

Ages 13-19

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Dylan Days B.J. Rolfzen Creative Writing Contest

Poetry division for high school and undergrad students.

Deadline: March 3, 2014

American Society of Human Genetics

DNA Day Essay Contest

Grades 9-12

Deadline: March 14, 2014

It's All Write! Short Story Contest

Ann Arbor Book Festival and Ann Arbor District Library

Grades 6-12

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Claremont Review

Annual Poetry and Fiction Contests

Ages 13-19

Deadline: Postmark March 15 (annual)

*They do charge for submission, but the fee pays for a one-year subscription to the magazine.

Kids Are Authors (Scholastic)

Fiction, Nonfiction, Art

Grades K - 8

Deadline: March 15, 2014

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

University of Central Florida

Middle & High School Writing Contest

Story, Poem, Essay

Deadline: March 15 (annual)

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards

Grades 6-8 or 9-12

For previously published, outdoor-oriented works.

Deadline: March 15, 2014

ukiaHaiku Festival

Haiku Contest

All Ages

No Fee (except for Adult Contemporary Haiku)

Deadline: Postmark March 22, 2014

The website includes helpful guidelines for writing haiku.

The Haiku Society of America

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Grades 7-12

Deadline: March 25, 2014

The Legacy Project

"Listen to a Life" Writing Contest

Ages 8-18

Deadline: March 28, 2014

Poetry Matters 2011 Poetry Award

Open to anyone, anywhere in Middle School or older.

Deadline: March 30, 2014

The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge

Ages 14-18 or 19-29

Deadline: March 31, 2014

The Humanist

Essay Contest

For enrolled students grades 9-12

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Poetry Writers in the Schools

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize

Grades K-12

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Princeton University

10-Minute Play Contest

Ages: 11th & 12th grade in 2012-2013

Deadline: March 31, 2014

PBS Kids Go!

Writers Contest

Ages: K-3rd Grade

Deadline: Accepted January to March Annually

April Deadline
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Radiant Peace Education Awards


Grades 1-12

Deadline: April 16, 2014 Postmark

The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award

The Community Foundation of Dutchess County

Eligibility: Students in grades 9 - 12
Deadline: Received by April 15 (annual)

Signet Classics (Penguin)

Student Scholarship Essay Contest

Grades 11th and 12th & home-schooled students

Deadline: April 24, 2014

International Bipolar Foundation

Choice of Themes Essay Contest

Ages: All high school students

Deadline: April 25, 2014

Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center

Holocaust Writing and Art Contest

Open to grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, AK

Deadline: April 25, 2014

YES! Magazine

National Student Writing Competition

Based on essay from YES! Magazine and writing prompt.

Several age categories Grade 5 - Adult Learner

Deadline: (Quarterly Deadlines)

May Deadline
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The Geek Partnership Society

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Alternate History Fiction

Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Various age categories (K-Adult)

Deadline: May 15, 2014

newHumane Education Network

A Voice for Animals

Essay Contest for 14-15 year olds (high school or home school)

Action Project for 16-18 year olds (high school or home school)

Deadeline: May 25, 2014

Skipping Stones

Youth Honor Award

Writing and Art Contest

Ages 7-17

Deadline: May 25, 2014

IUPUI Poetry Contest

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Open to high school students to win $1500 scholarship to IUPUI.

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Save the Earth Poetry Prize

The Weeden Foundation

American High School Students

Grades 11 and 12

Deadline: March 1 - May 31, 2014

Young Writers of Canada

June Deadline
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Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Open Call for Submissions

Ages: 15 or younger

Deadline: June 15, 2014

One Teen Story

Fiction Contest: Any genre - literary, fantasy, sci-fi, love stories, and horror.

Age Categories: 14-15, 16-17, and 18-19-year-olds

Deadline: May 1 - June 30, 2014

Merlyn’s Pen

Hunger Mountain


July Deadline
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Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

Ages: Adult; Youth (13-18); Youth (12 and under)

No fee for 12 and under.

Deadline: Postmark July 1 (annual)

The Lincoln Forum

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

"Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War"

For full-time college/university students.

Deadline: Postmark July 31 (annual)

Young Writers of Canada

2013 Annual Open All Ages Poetry Contest

2013 Annual Adult Creative Writing Contest (ages 18+)

Deadline: July 24, 2013

August Deadline
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September Deadline
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Transitions Abroad Travel Contest

Student Writing Contest

Currently enrolled undergrad and grad students & recent grads.

Deadline: September 30, 2014

October Deadline
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Save the Frogs!

Poetry and Art Contests

All Ages

Deadine: January 15 - October 17, 2014

American Geosciences Institute

Earth Science Week Essay Contest

Ages: 6-9 grade

Deadline: October 18, 2013

YES! Magazine

National Student Writing Competition

Based on essay from YES! Magazine and writing prompt.

Several age categories Grade 5 - Adult Learner

Deadline: Register by October 18  (Quarterly Deadlines)

New Voice Young Writers

Story, Poetry, Essay

Ages: 11-18

Deadline: September 1 - October 20, 2013

November Deadline
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Bennington College

Young Writers Competition

For 10th, 11th, 12th grades

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Deadline: November 1 (annual)

US Forest Service

 "Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors"

Art, Writing, Photography, Videography, Music

Several age categories K-12th grade

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Hollins University

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

For High School Sophomore and Junior Girls

Deadline: November 15 (annual)

Lions International

Essay Contest: "Peace, Love and Understanding"

Ages: 11, 12, 13 years old on November 15, 2014

Open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines.

Mrs. P

Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest

Ages: 4-13

Open: September 1 - November 15, 2014

Yale University

Yale Series of Younger Poets

For writers under 40 who have not published a book of poetry.

Deadline: Postmark October 1 - November 15, 2013

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

The Kenyon Review

High School Sophomores and Juniors

Award: First place: Full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop and publication. Second and third place: Publication.

Deadline: November 1 - 30 (annual)

NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program

National Novel Writing Month

November 1 - 30 (annual)

Princeton University

Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize

Any student who is in the eleventh grade in the 2012-13 academic year is eligible.

Deadline: Postmark November 29, 2013

Young Writers of Canada

December Deadline
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The Lyric Magazine

Poetry Contest

Undergraduate Students – USA and Canada

Deadline: Postmark December 1, 2013

Saint Mary's College

River of Words Poetry and Art Contest

Grades K-12 (Ages 5-19)

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Sierra Nevada College

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Open to High School Juniors and Seniors

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Smith College

The Poetry Center High School Prize

An annual prize for sophomore & junior girls in New England

Deadline: September 1 - December 1

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest

Grades 9-12

Deadline: December 10, 2014

Rider University

Annual High School Writing Contest

Essay, Fiction, Poetry

Deadline: December 13, 2013

Safety Pin Review

75-character Poem Contest

Open to all ages

Winning poems will be 'worn'

Deadline: December 15, 2013

Gulan Institute Youth Platform

Essay with research: New topic for 2015 Essay Contest will be announced on September 2014. 

Grades 9 - 12

Deadline: December 20, 2013

Adventure Write Kids

Totem Head's Story Contest

Ages: Under 19 years old (US Residents)

Tutorial and story prompt on website.

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Merlyn’s Pen


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