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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. Ages can include elementary, teen, or early college. This is an ad-free page; publications and writing 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: 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 previous year's date is noted here, then the contest sponsor may not have updated their website yet, but they will likely be running the contest again. Please check back here or the contest sponsor's site if you are interested in that contest.

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This literary and art journal from the Manatee County Public Library System showcases debut and emerging writers, poets, and artists in their quarterly, online journal. Teens 13-19 are invited to submit writing and art for an annual teen issue published each spring.

Adroit Journal

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

Alexandria Quarterly

An online publication of art and literature, Alexandria Quarterly  includes an Emerging Artists & Writers series to promote the work in any genre or medium of creative people ages 13 to 17 years old.

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 Apprentice Writer

Published by the Susquehanna University Writers Institute, this annual publication features fiction, memoir, personal essay, photography and poetry by US high school students in grades 9-12.

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 ages 13-21 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.

Body Without Organs

An online quarterly publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork by contributors ages 13-18 years old.

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A new international biannual online publication for youth 13-21. Taking submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art for the premier issue November 2019.

Canvas Teen Literary Journal

A quarterly online and print journal with seasonal issues in October, January, April, and July, Canvas publishes the work of teen writers 13-18 years old, read and rated by a board of teen editors. Canvas accepts writing in almost any genre or format, and also takes cover art and interior art submissions. Contributors and editors are from all over the English-speaking world.

Capulet Magazine

An online publication of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art highlighting the work of young women writers and artists of all levels. Capulet Mag empowers young women to share their creativity with Juliets everywhere. This magazine is a safe place for young women to express themselves however they wish.

Cast of Wonders: The Young Adult Fiction Podcast

Weekly short stories in genre fiction: sci fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, superhero, and more for readers 12-17 years old.

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.
*On hiatus fall 2018/spring 2019.

Cliché Teen

An online publication of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and cross genre works for writers and artists 13-19 years old from around the world. Currently accepting submissions for their first issue.

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 "Young Reader Flashlight" page features writing from authors 13-17 years old.

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.

Curieux Academic Journal

Curieux is a multidisciplinary academic journal which publishes work of all kind (essay, paper, proof, etc.) by high school students on any academic topic; "from economics to statistics to ornithology, we will seriously consider the merits of any work."

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.

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. All entries are considered for their biannual contest.

fingers commas toes

An international online journal for youth ages four to twenty-six years old featuring any form of writing, photography, visual art, and music.

Forest for the Trees

This online journal accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and cover art. 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.

Girls 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."

Hot Dish Magazine

Edited by undergraduate students from various disciplines at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Hot Dish is published annually and takes submissions for short fiction, poetry, and the "Hot Dish Challenge" from students (grades 9-12) who are attending high school in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI).

The HOYA Magazine

Hope of Young Artists (HOYA) provides a platform for young readers, writers and artists ages 14-19 to express their "take on global issues to raise awareness and express their own stance on them." Online issues are published in the spring, autumn and winter.

Hypernova Lit

An online journal dedicated to publishign the writing and visual art of teenagers that "connects the heart to the gut."

The Ideate Review

Publishing works of writers and artists above the age of 14 from across the globe on a tri-annual basis, Ideate seeks submissions of short stories, poetry, and art pieces that express creativity and voice opinions on global issues and identity.

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 Little Fresh Zine

An online publication showcasint poetry and art by contributors age 25 or younger who live in, attend school in, or who have another significant tie to New London County in Southeastern Connecticut.

The Louisville Review

"Cornerstone [previously called "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.

Lunch Ticket

The online literary and art journal published by Antioch University MFA program, which is devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. Includes a section in each issue: Wrting for Young People (13+). Note: These are generally written by adults for young readers, but young writers may also submit to the publication.

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. Includes a monthly Teen Poet series for which teen writers may submit works.


"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.


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.


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 Lit

A student-run literary magazine for high school writers and editors. Submissions of fiction, poetry, and essay are accepted through May 31 of each year for that annual's volume. Submissions are eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers. The magazine also invites high school students to join their volunteer editorial staff, which edits every submission we get.

Prairie Margins

Prairie Margins is an undergraduate publication at Bowling Green State University. 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: October 15.


An online publication for young people to engage emotionally and intuitively with all forms of art. Based out of Wesleyan University, Reverberations hopes to share the stories of young people all over the world. Reverberations is currently seeking regular student contributors as well as submissions of essays, reviews, and dialogues.

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.


Founded in 2011 by Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson, Rookie publishes writing "of all kinds," photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers all over the world. Submissions are open year round.

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.

Seshat Magazine

This literary journal is dedicated to mostly young writers who are homeschooled or have been homeschooled in the past. However, all ages (13+) are encouraged to submit to this journal. Literary fiction, speculative fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, are all welcome here.

Skipping Stones Magazine

Publishing poems, stories, articles and photos from both youth and adults for readers ages 8 to 16. A resource in multicultural and global education, ecological and cultural diversity.

Smith Magazine

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

The Suoo Magazine

An online international student-run magazine featuring writing and artowrk from other students ages 14-19. Published once per semester.


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.

Storgy Kids

An online magazine for childrent and young people publishing short stories for 8 to 12-year-old readers, YA book reviews and author interviews.

Story Monters Ink

A publication for teachers, librarians, and young readers featuring interviews, book reviews, and articles of interest about the YA literary scene. Teachers: Each issue has downloadable classroom questions. The publication also accepts submissions from writers ages 17 and younger, inlcuding "My Favorite Teacher," book reviews, and photo and video submissions for #CAUGHTREADING and a coloring page #CAUGHTCOLORING.

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.

Sugar Rascals

A bi-annual, Canada-based teen literary magazine that 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.

new-iconSync Audiobooks for Teens

Sync offers two free audiobook downloads per week for fourteen weeks each summer. Titles are fiction and nonfiction for teens 13 and older.

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.

Teen Voices

A component of Women's eNews, this online global news source publishes journalism and first-person narratives by young women 13-19 years old. The publication is produced by female-identified teens to "highlight the realities facing girls all over the world today."

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. NOTE: The publication is on a break until Fall 2017.


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.

The Telling Room

"Dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers," this web site publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and multimedia by young writers 6-18 years old.


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.


The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (UReCA) online publishes research from all areas of study, video and audio, visual art, essays, fiction and poetry. Submissions accpeted on a rolling basis.


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.

Word Smorgasbord

On online literary zine publishing original poetry, nonfiction, and flash fiction of young writers in elementary, middle, high school and college. Accpets work through open submissions periods as well as through a contest with Write On! (See contest entry under the month of August below.)

Write On! For Literacy

Write On! For Literacy encourages kids to discover confidence, joy, self-expression and connection with others through reading and writing.

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. Submission information can be found inside each issue.

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 the The Voice.

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.


An international literary magazine for young readers grades 4 to 8 (ages 9 to 14), publishing literary fiction that will surprise, move, and amuse young imaginative minds. Currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. Free submissions; payment upon acceptance.


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.

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

Manning Trust Student Poetry Contest

National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Grades 6-12
Each participating state conducts it's own contest with deadline.
Each partiucipating state sends its top entrants to the national contest.
Click here for a list of participating states.

New York Times

Ages 13-19
Various contests with varying deadlines
Editorial Cartoon Contest, Civil Conversation Challenge, Review Contest, Year in Rap Contest, Vocabulary Video Contest, Editorial Contest, Found Poetry Contest, Summer Reading Contest

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

New Montana Voices

Whitefish Review
Anthology of poems, fiction, essays and photos
For Montana High School Students: Grades 9-12
Deadline: January 1, 2019

The Writing Conference

Theme-based contest for poetry, narrative, and essay.
Grades K-12
Deadline: January 8, 2019

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest
Grades 4-8 (Different age groups have different deadlines)
Deadline: January 11, 2019

Columbia College Chicago

Young Authors Writing Competition
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
High School Age Writers
Deadline: January 15, 2019

Ringling College of Art and Design

High School Creative Writing Contest
High School Age Writers
Deadline: January 15, 2019

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Grades 9-12
Deadline: January 18, 2019 postmark

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18
Ten-minute play, screenplay, or music theater exploring the disability experience
Written by young writers with disabilities and colllaborative groups that include students with disabilities
Deadline: January 23, 2019

The Telling Room

Themed Poetry and Fiction
Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18
For Maine Residents only
Deadline: January 31, 2019

February Deadline

Bluefire 1000-word Story Contest

Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation
Grades 6-12
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Engineer Girl Writing Contest

Fiction in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.
Grades 3-12
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Gannon University

High School Poetry Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Chapman University
Grades Middle and High School
Deadline: Postmark February 1, 2019 or by February 4, 2019 for digital submissions

North Carolina Poetry Society

Student Poetry Contest
Grades 3-College Undergraduate
North Carolina Residents Only
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Scripts for Short Plays for Lower Elementary School Actors

Written by Playwrights 20 years and older
Target Performers Grades K-2
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Worldwide Plays Festival Competition

Writopia Lab
8-minute Play
Grades 1-12
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Harriet Beecher Stowe Student Prize

High School and College Categories
For published or publicaly presented works that have had a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society.
Deadline: February 2, 2019

NASA Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

Grades 5-12
Deadline: February 8, 2019

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Davidson Institute, Reno, NV
Ages 18 and under as of Oct. 1, 2019
For completion of a significant work in STEM or Humanities categories
Deadline: February 13, 2019

We the Students Essay Contest

Bill of Rights Institute
Ages 14-19
Deadline: February 14, 2019

Austin Poets Di-Verse-City Anthology

Adult and Youth Categories
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Kay Snow Student Writing Contest

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Grades 1-12 and College
Deadline: February 15, 2019

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: February 15, 2019

NCTE Achievement Awards for Superior Writing

For Juniors in the current academic school year
Students must be nominated by their school's English Department
Deadline: February 15, 2019

NCTE Promising Young Writers Program

For 8th grade students in the current academic year
Students must be nominated by a school committee or department
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest

Grades 3-12
Deadline: February 25, 2019

March Deadline

Hunger Mountain

International Young Writers Prize
Open to High School writers worldwide
Dealdine: March 1, 2019

Hunger Mountain

Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children's Writing
Young Adult (YA); Middle Grade (MG); Picture Book or Writing for Young Children
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

University of Central Florida
Middle & High School Writing Contest
Story, Poem, Essay
Deadline: March 1, 2019

It's All Write! Teen Writing Contest

Ann Arbor District Library
Flash Fiction and Short Story Grades 6-12
Deadline: March 3, 2019

American Society of Human Genetics

DNA Day Essay Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: March 8, 2019

The Blank Theatre Youn Playwrights Festival Competition

Original Plays or Musicals on any subject
Ages 9-19
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Short Plays for Horror Anthology for High School-Age Performers

Written by Playwrights 20 years and older
Target Audience 14-18 years old
Deadline: March 15, 2019

United States Institute for Peace

High School Essay Contest
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Young Writers of Canada

Annual Young Writers Creative Writing Contest
Ages 5-18
Deadline: March 15, 2019

The Legacy Project

"Listen to a Life" Writing Contest
Ages 8-18
Deadline: March 22, 2019

The Haiku Society of America

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Grades 7-12
Deadline: March 21, 2019

ukiaHaiku Festival

Haiku Contest
All Ages
No Fee (except for Adult Contemporary Haiku)
Deadline: Postmark March 23, 2019
The website includes helpful guidelines for writing haiku.

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art, Video, Projects
Grades 1-12
Deadline: Postmark March 27, 2019

The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge

Ages 14-18 or 19-29
Deadline: March 31, 2019

The Caterpillar

Best Poem for Children Contest
This contest is actually for adults writing for readers ages 7-11(ish).
Deadline: March 31, 2019

Princeton University

10-Minute Play Contest
Grades 11and 12 in the current school year
Deadline: March 31, 2019

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize

Grades K-12
Deadline: March 31, 2019

Save the Earth Poetry Prize

The Weeden Foundation
American High School Students
Grades 11 and 12
Deadline: February 1 - March 31 *On sabbatical for 2019 to publish an antholgy of past submissions.

April Deadline

Columbus State University

The Carson McCullars Literary Award
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Expository Essay, Playwriting, Screenwriting
High School Age Category
Deadline: April 5, 2019

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards
Grades 6-8 or 9-12
For outdoor-oriented works.
Deadline: April 12, 2019

Signet Classics (Penguin)

Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Grades 11 and 12
Deadline: Postmark April 15, 2019; Received by April 22, 2019

The Adroit Journal

Prizes for Poetry and Prose
Open to Secondary and Undergraduate Students
Fee Waiver Deadline: April 28, 2019
Deadline: April 30, 2019

Dear Poet Project

Grades 5-12
Letters written in response to poets reading poems
Select letters will be published online; Select letters will receive a response
Deadline: April 30, 2019

Humane Education Network

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

Lake Superior State University Short Story Prize

Genre: Historical Fiction
Open to high school age writers
Deadline: April 30, 2019

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, 2019

Harmony Ink Young Author Challenge

LGBTQ+ Genre Fiction
Ages 14-21
Deadline: May 1, 2019

New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights

Non-musical, one-act play suitable for HS audience
Written by Playwrights 19 years and under
Deadline: May 1, 2019

Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center

Holocaust Writing, Art and Film Contest
Open to grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, AK
Deadline: May 1, 2019

World Historian Student Essay Competition

World History Association
Grades K-12
Deadline: May 1, 2019

Epiphany Breakout 8

Open to 2yr/4yr Accredited College Undergrads/Grads
Manuscripts: short fiction, novel excerpt, creative nonfiction, poetry
Deadline: May 15, 2019

William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
Category for Short Story by a High School Student
Deadline: May 15, 2019

The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award

The Community Foundation of Dutchess County and Polyphony Lit
Grades 9-12
Deadline: Received by May 31, 2019

June Deadline

Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

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

Writing for Peace

Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction that explores social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes 
Ages 13-19
Deadline: June 1, 2019

Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

Ages High School / College / Graduate School
Topic changes each year
Deadline: June 3, 2019

Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest

Theme: Kindness
Ages 25 and under
Deadline: June 15, 2019

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest

Art, Poetry, Prose, Film, Music
Ages 11-18
Deadline: June 17, 2019

International Torrance Creativity Awards

The Center for Gifted
Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Music, Inventions
Ages 8-18
Deadline: June 30, 2019

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, 2019

new-iconFraser Institute Student Essay Contest

Open to students studying in Cananda and Canadian students studying abroad.
High School / Undergraduate / Graduate Categories
2019 Essay Contest – "What in the world would Adam Smith say?"
Deadline: July 1, 2019

NCTE Excellence in Student Literary Magazines

Open to all accredited middle and secondary schools (US, CA, VI, US schools abroad)
Deadline: Entries accepted May 1 - July 1, 2018

Library of Lincoln: Voices of Lincoln

Poetry Contest
All Ages; 18-younger category
Deadline: July 20, 2019

Gigantic Sequins: Teen Sequins

Ages 13-19
Deadline: July 31, 2018

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Poetry Society
Ages 11-17
Deadline: July 31, 2019

The Lincoln Forum

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
Specific topic posted on the website.
For full-time college/university students.
Deadline: Postmark July 31, 2019

Young Writers of Canada

Annual Open All Ages Poetry Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2019

August Deadline

William Faulkner Literary Competition

Student Short Story Category
Deadline: August 31, 2019

September Deadline

The Critical Junior Poet's Award

The Critical Pass Review
Ages 13-18
Deadline: September 1, 2019

October Deadline

Transitions Abroad Travel Contest

Student Writing Contest
Currently enrolled undergrad and grad students & recent grads.
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Embracing Our Differences

Art Exhibit and Quote Contest
For all ages
Deadline: October 8, 2019 for quotes / October 15, 2019 for art

Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Open Call for Submissions
Ages 15 or younger
Deadline: October 15, 2019

Teachers Against Prejudice Art Contest

Grades 1-4 incl homeschool
Deadline: October 15, 2018

American Geosciences Institute

Earth Science Week Essay Contest
Theme: "Finding 'Art' in Earth"
Grades 6-9
Deadline: October 18, 2019

VFW Voice of Democracy

Audio Essay Competition
Grades 9-12
Deadline: October 31, 2019

Hollins University

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
For High School Sophomore and Junior Girls
Deadline: October 31, 2018

National YoungArts Foundation

Ages 15-18
Various Arts Categories
Receive up to $10k + educational support
Applications Open June 4, 2019

November Deadline

Bennington College

Young Writers Competition
Grades 10-12
Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Deadline: November 1, 2019

Ohio Northern University

Single Poem Broadside Contest
Open to all current juniors and seniors in high school.
Prize includes Talent Award upon acceptance at ONU.
Deadline: November 1, 2018

US Forest Service

"Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors"
Art, Writing, Photography, Videography, Music
Ages 19 and under
Deadline: November 1, 2019

Lions International

Essay Contest: "The Future of Peace"
Ages 11, 12, 13 years old on November 15, 2018
Open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines.

Young Writers of Canada

Young Writers Poetry Contest
Ages 5-18
French & English entries accepted
Deadline: November 14, 2018

Rachel Carson Sense of the Wild Contest

Poetry and Prose w/ or w/o Photograph
Intergenerational Team of two or more only
Deadline: November 16, 2019

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, 2019

NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program

National Novel Writing Month
November 1 - 30, 2019

International Bipolar Foundation

High School Essay Contest
Ages 13-29
Deadline: November 30, 2018
New prompt will be announced September 2019.

Princeton University

Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize
Any student who is in the eleventh grade in the academic year is eligible.
Deadline: November 30, 2018

December Deadline

Piedmont Institute of Communication, Art and Music

Emerging Writers Contets
High School and Community College Students
All styles, forms, genre under 5000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2018

Saint Mary's College

River of Words Poetry and Art Contest
Grades K-12 (Ages 5-19)
Deadline: December 1, 2019

Smith College

The Poetry Center High School Prize
An annual prize for sophomore & junior girls in New England
Deadline: September 1 - December 1, 2018

Barbara Pym Society

Ellen J. Miller Memorial Short Story Contest
Entries must prominently feature one or more characters from Barbara Pym’s published novels.
Deadline: December 2, 2019

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art
Grades 1-8
Deadline: December 5, 2018
Note: This contest is run twice each year. See entry under April.

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest
Grades 9-12 (Different age groups have different deadlines)
Deadline: December 14, 2018

Rider University

Annual High School Writing Contest
Essay, Fiction, Poetry
Deadline: December 15, 2018

Teachers Against Prejudice Essay Contest

Grades 5-12 incl homeschool
Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Living Rainforest

International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
Ages Primary and Secondary School Categories
Deadline: December 20, 2018
Teachers must register class of students.
Registration opens in September.

Poetry Society of America

Louise Lois / Emily R. Bourne Student Award
Teacher/Administrator Nominated unpublished poem by 9-12 grade student.
Deadline: Postmark October 1-December 22, 2018

The National WWII Museum Essay Contest

Topic changes each year
Middle School and High School Students
Deadline: December 28, 2018

The Fire Scholarship Contest

Essay: Prompt using video examples on topic of Free Speech
Grades High School Juniors & Seniors
Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Fitzgerald Museum

Poetry and Short Story
High School and College Students
Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Lyric Magazine

Poetry Contest
Undergraduate Students – USA and Canada
Deadline: Postmark December 31, 2018

The Society of Classical Poets

Poetry Competition
High School Students
Deadline: December 31, 2018

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