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NewPages Young Writers 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.

Deadlines: None of the contests listed here are paid advertising. I make every effort to update this 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 list should check the contest sponsors' websites for the most accurate information. If a 2016 date is noted here, then the contest sponsor may not have updated their website yet, but they will likely be running the contest again in 2017. Please check back here or to the contest sponsor's site if you are interested in that contest.

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Most recent update March 6, 2017.


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."

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.

Apprehension Magazine

An online quarterly publishing modern and experimental works from writers 14 - 21 years old. The first issue is planned for release December 15, 2016.

Assonance Literary Journal

An online poetry publication established in 2014 by Brittany Capps, a student at the University of Richmond. Assonance is geared towards publishing new Young Adult writers of poetry.

BALLOONS Lit. Journal

An independent biannual online literary journal of poetry, fiction and art primarily for young readers from around 12 years onwards, accepting submissions from people anywhere in the world and in all walks of life.


Youth submissions accepted from around the globe from all ages, with different genres and length requirements depending on age of contributor. Readers can find short stories, comics, games, craft & art projects, jokes, riddles, sports reporting, articles on pets, recipes, personal achievements and community service projects, poetry, letters, true stories and much more!

Blue Marble Review

An online quarterly of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography, and art. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis from writers up to 21 years old.

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.


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

The Caterpillar

The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth, a magazine of poems and stories and art for grown-ups. The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too (so watch out they don't snitch your copy). It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒ and is jam-packed full of new artworks and 'wordworks'.

Catfish Creek

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


Young Voices is a section of Chautauqua that celebrates young writers aged 12 to 18. Essays, fiction, and poetry should be submitted by a teacher, mentor, or parent. Submissions are accepted Feb 15 - Apr 15 and Aug 15 - Nov 15. Each issue has a theme which writers are asked to consider.

Claremont Review

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

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.

The Crawl Space

The Crawl Space publishes short forms: poems, prose (including novel excerpts), and flash fiction, for readers mainly between the ages of 11 and 14. The spring 2016 issue will feature writing within the realms of magical realism, fabulism, and fantasy. The "Young Reader Flashlight" page features writing from authors 13 - 17 years old.

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.

Cricket Media

Cricket Media publishes a number a magazine for children: Babybug Magazine for 6mo-3yrs; for ages 3-6: Ladybug Magazine and Click Magazine; for ages 6-9: Spider Magazine and Ask Magazine; for ages 9-14: Dig Into History Magazine, Faces Magazine, Muse Magazine, Cobblestone Magazine, and Cricket Magazine; and Cicada Magazine for ages 14+. Cricket Magazine was one I read when I was young, and it's great to see this publishing company has stayed around and now publishes so many different magazines for readers of different ages and interests.

Cuckoo Review

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.

The Daphne Review

An online biannual publication of written submissions of all kinds (essay, interview, poetry, short plays, etc.) and artistic submissions in any media from youth 13-18 years old.

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.


Ember is a semiannual journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for all age groups with submissions for and by readers aged 10 to 18 strongly encouraged.


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.

Forest for the Trees

This is a new online journal accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and cover art for its inaugural spring issue expected in 2016. The editors accept submissions online from writers ages 13-19, with some young adult pieces by adult authors considered.

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.

new-iconGirls Right the World

Edited by students and a faculty advisor from Miss Hall’s School in Massachusetts, Girls Right the World is an international literary journal advocating for young, female-identified writers, accepting submissions from writers 14 years and older.

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.

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."

Imagine Magazine

Written for gifted students in grades 7-12, Imagine features career profiles, student-written articles about competitions and summer programs, advice for college planning, brain teasers, college reviews, student creative work, and more.

The Interlochen Review

Edited and produced every spring by students in Interlochen Arts Academy’s Literary Publications class, The Interlochen Review showcases work from Creative Writing, Motion Picture Arts, and Visual Arts majors at Interlochen, alongside the work of high school writers and artists around the world.


This online publication features new short fiction and poetry for teens (ages 14-17) with an LGBTQAI theme. (Best viewed in Chrome or IE.)


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."

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.

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.

Moledro Magazine

An online quarterly run by high school students, publishing poetry and fiction from high school (13+) and college students.


"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 publication.

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.

Ninth 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 define "high-school age" as current high school freshmen through current college freshmen.

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.

Orange Island Review

With an editorial staff comprised of student editors enrolled in CW I (2015-2016) at G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High School in Miami, FL., Oriange Island Review publishes poetry and artwork by high school students twice a year (fall, spring).

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.


Parallax is high school student-edited literary magazine of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, songs, book reviews and author interviews. Edited by the Creative Writing Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the magazine accepts submissions from high school students worldwide.

Parallel Ink

An international online literary and art publication for and by students from 12-18 years old. Seeks creative and critical work that can be represented in digital forms: poetry, music, art of any medium, narratives, essays, book/song/movie reviews, multimedia, etc. Their staff is comprised of over twenty teen editors, translators, illustrators, and technology assistants around the world.


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

Pittsburgh Poetry Houses

Like the Free Little Libraries, PPH will be placed around the city of Pittsburgh and house four new poems every few weeks. The poems will also be published online and then compiled in a loose page, print collection for ongoing volumes. Poems and artwork are accepted from young writers under 18 years old as well as from adults, from Pittsburgh residents as well as writers and artists outside of Pittsburgh. Waht a cool concept! Maybe you can start something like this at your school or in your city!


An online publication of poetry, prose, and art by high school or college/grad school aged contributors

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.

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.

Ricochet Review

A print annual of poetry and translations of poetry edited by students and faculty at Chicago's Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center. Accepts submissions in separate categories for high school students, college students, and non-students. RR has a unique mentorship program for high school writers who submit their poetry and want to work with an established poet to receive feedback. See the publication submissions page for specific details.

The Round

A literary and visual arts magazine based at Brown University in Providence, RI, The Round accepts all written and visual work from all ages. The magazine is published once each semester for free both online and in print. Our contributors receive three contributors' copies of the issue in which their work appears.

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.


An online literary journal publishing social commentary poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and media works by contributors 13-22 years old. Their focus is on real world social issues that demonstrate an awareness of the world from a variety of youth perspectives - bold, raw, and unafraid.

Stinkwaves Magazine

Stinkwaves publishes short stories in the vein Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Magic Finger, The Enormous Crocodile, The Twit; poetry along the lines of Shel Silverstein; and illustrations, for which the editors say they have a strange fascination for cartoon zombies and the beautifully bizarre.

Stone Soup

Founded in 1973, Stone Soup is a literary print magazine, published bi-monthly for 12,000 subscribers worldwide. Each 48-page issue features quality stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork by 8- to 13-year-olds, selected from hundreds of submissions. Authors and artists are paid for their work.

Story Share

Story Share is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills. Their collaborative digital literacy hub provides relevant and readable content for students who read below grade level beyond elementary school.

Sucker Literary Magazine

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

Sugar Rascals

A bi-annual, Canada-based teen literary magazine with its first issue set to publish July 2016. Sugar Rascals accepts poetry, short stories, and art from young authors 13-19 years old.

The Susquehanna Review

Susquehanna University's nationally distributed student-run annual literary magazine contains original fiction, 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.

Teenage Wasteland Review

Poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by and for teens ages 13-19 years. All submissions are considered for the Muriel Avellaneda Prize for Young Writers, which awards $100 in addition to publication. 


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. (On hiatus; hopes to be back February 2016.)


This online site publishes art, writing, music, film, photography, mixed and new genre from "young and fresh people." The publication seeks works specifically from high school age artists, but will consider any age so long as the content is geared toward their audience.


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

Whitefish Review

This print journal of literature, art, and photography launches promising writers and artists. Every issue features a previously unpublished writer or artist chosen by the editors, as part of their mission to discover and nurture budding talent. Often these writers and artists are featured in events alongside famous literary and art figures. There is no submission fee for high school age and younger.

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 children's, middle grade and young adult books to publish on the Write On! website.

Write the World

A resource for young writers and teachers. WTW provides prompts and contests, places for young writers to submit and respond to each others writing, and the opportunity for older writers to become reviewers and mentors for young writers. A true writers community online.

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.

Young Voices

An online magazine of writing an visual art by teens aged 12-19, who live, work or go to school in the City of Toronto. Available free for all to read.

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 theNewspaper 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.


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.


This is a select list of contests from reputable sources. There are many contests that charge fees, but for this resource, 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.

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.

Deadline Dates
(Updated regularly as contest organizers update their websites.)

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Grades 7 - 12 during the 2016/2017 school year
Deadline: Varies by Region - Enter zip code to find deadline

YES! Magazine

National Student Quarterly Writing Competition
Based on essay from YES! Magazine and writing prompt.
Several age categories Grade 5 - Adult Learner
Biannual deadlines set for each semester.

January Deadline

The Fire Scholarship Contest

Essay: Prompt using video examples on topic of Free Speech
Grades High School Juniors & Seniors 2014-2015 school year

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Grades 9 - 12
Deadline: January 4, 2017

The Writing Conference

Theme-based contest for poetry, narrative, and essay.
Grades K-12
Deadline: January 8, 2017

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest
Grades 4 - 8 (Different age groups have different deadlines)
Deadline: January 9, 2017

Embracing Our Differences

Art Exhibit and Quote Contest
For all ages
Deadline: January 10, 2017

Arizona State University

Climate Fiction Short Story Contest
All Ages
Deadline: Waiting to hear back from contest sponsor.

Canines for Charity

Essay ("My First Puppy") and Drawing Contest
Grades K-12
Deadline: January 24, 2017

February Deadline

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, 2017

Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Chapman University
Grades Middle and High School
Deadline: February 3, 2017

Random House Creative Writing Competition

For NY City Pubic School Seniors
Poetry, spoken word, fiction, drama, essay, memoir
Deadline: February 3, 2017

Moment Magazine

Ages 9-13
Deadline: Waiting for response from sponsor.

It's All Write! Teen Writing Contest

Ann Arbor Book Festival and Ann Arbor District Library
Flash Fiction and Short Story
Grades 6-12
Deadline: January 16 - February 24, 2017

March Deadline

Hunger Mountain

Young Adult (YA); Middle Grade (MG); Picture Book or Writing for Young Children
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

University of Central Florida
Middle & High School Writing Contest
Story, Poem, Essay
Deadline: March 1 (annual)

Writing for Peace

Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction that explores social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes 
Ages 13-19
Deadline: March 1, 2017

American Society of Human Genetics

DNA Day Essay Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: March 11, 2017

Johns Hopkin Center for Talented Youth

Creative Minds Fiction Contest
Ages 18 and under
Deadline: March 16, 2017

ukiaHaiku Festival

Haiku Contest
All Ages
No Fee (except for Adult Contemporary Haiku)
Deadline: Postmark March 17, 2017
The website includes helpful guidelines for writing haiku.

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.

The Critical Pass Review

Junior Poet's Award
Ages 13-18
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Young Writers of Canada

Annual Young Writers Creative Writing Contest
Ages 5-18
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards
Grades 6-8 or 9-12
For outdoor-oriented works.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

The Legacy Project

"Listen to a Life" Writing Contest
Ages 8-18
Deadline: March 24, 2017

The Haiku Society of America

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Grades 7-12
Deadline: March 25, 2017

International Bipolar Foundation

High School Essay Contest
Ages 13-29
Deadline: Waiting to hear back from contest sponsor.

The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge

Ages 14-18 or 19-29
Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Caterpillar

Best Poem for Children Contest
This contest is actually for adults writing for readers ages 7-11(ish).
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize

Grades K-12
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Princeton University

10-Minute Play Contest
Ages: 11th & 12th grade in 2013-2014
Deadline: March 31, 2017

PBS Kids Go!

Writers Contest
Ages: K-3rd Grade
Deadline: Accepted January to March Annually

April Deadline

Humane 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)
Video, Essay with Photo, Essay submissions accepted
Deadeline: April 10, 2017

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art, Video, Projects
Grades 1-12
Deadline: April 11, 2017

Signet Classics (Penguin)

Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Grades 11th and 12th & home-schooled students
Deadline: Postmark April 14, 2017; Received by April 21, 2017

The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award

The Community Foundation of Dutchess County
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 - 12
Deadline: Received by April 15 (annual)

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 2014-2015 are eligible for the prize.
Deadline: April 15, 2017

Lake Superior State University Short Story Prize

Genre: Alternate history short stories
Open to high school age writers
Deadline: April 30, 2017

May Deadline

The Geek Partnership Society

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Alternate History Fiction
Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel
Various age categories (K-Adult)
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center

Holocaust Writing and Art Contest
Open to grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, AK
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Save the Earth Poetry Prize

The Weeden Foundation
American High School Students
Grades 11 and 12
Deadline: March 1 - May 31, 2017

June Deadline

IUPUI Poetry Contest

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Open to high school students to win $1500 scholarship to IUPUI.
Deadline: Waiting for resopnse from sponsor.

Kay Snow Student Writing Contest

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Ages: Grade Categories 1-5, 6-8, 9-12, and College
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Kay Snow YA Writing Contest

Roland Smith Award for YA and Middle Grade Fiction
Written by adults for young adult or middle grade readers.
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Open Call for Submissions
Ages: 15 or younger
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Skipping Stones

Youth Honor Award
Writing and Art Contest
Ages: 7-17
Deadline: June 25, 2017

July Deadline

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, 2017

Mark Twain House & Museum

Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest
Ages: Adult; Youth (17 and under)
Deadline: July 10, 2017

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

2017 Annual Open All Ages Poetry Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2017

August Deadline
No contests yet, but check back later!

September Deadline
No contests yet, but check back later!

October Deadline

Transitions Abroad Travel Contest

Student Writing Contest
Currently enrolled undergrad and grad students & recent grads.
Deadline: October 1, 2017

American Geosciences Institute

Earth Science Week Essay Contest
Ages: 6-9 grade
Deadline: October 14, 2016

Hollins University

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
For High School Sophomore and Junior Girls
Deadline: October 31, 2016

November Deadline

Barbara Pym Society

Student Essay Contest
Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate College Students
Deadline: November 1, 2016

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 (Annual)

Lions International

Essay Contest: "The Future of Peace"
Ages: 11, 12, 13 years old on November 15, 2017
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, 2016

Young Writers of Canada

Young Writers Poetry Contest
Ages: 5-18
French & English entries accepted
Deadline: November 15, 2016

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 academic year is eligible.
Deadline: No 2016 deadline posted; please check website for updates

December Deadline

The Lyric Magazine

Poetry Contest
Undergraduate Students – USA and Canada
Deadline: Postmark December 1, 2016

Saint Mary's College

River of Words Poetry and Art Contest
Grades K-12 (Ages 5-19)
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Smith College

The Poetry Center High School Prize
An annual prize for sophomore & junior girls in New England
Deadline: September 1 - December 1

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art
Grades 1-8
Deadline: December 7, 2016
Note: This contest is run twice each year. See entry under April.

Rider University

Annual High School Writing Contest
Essay, Fiction, Poetry
Deadline: December 11, 2016

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest
Grades 9-12 (Different age groups have different deadlines)
Deadline: December 2, 2016

The Living Rainforest

International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
Ages Primary and Secondary School Categories
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Teachers must register class of students.

New Voice Young Writers

Story, Poetry, Essay
Ages: 11-18
Deadline: November 1 - December 20 (annual)

Adventure Write Kids

Totem Head's Story Contest
Ages: Under 19 years old (US Residents)
Tutorial and story prompt on website.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Story Share

Story of the Year Contest
Several categories for Adults writing for elementary readers
One category for teens writing for teens
Deadline: December 31, 2016

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