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Writing Contests for Young Writers

Updated July 1, 2022

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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 resource: publications and writing contests listed here have not paid to be included. This guide is maintained by Editor Denise Hill, a teacher who loves to encourage young writers.

Safety Matters! We expect sites listed in this guide to adhere to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

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. Other fee-based contests are from reputable members of the literary community, and the fee is considered reasonable in relation to the prize winnings being offered.

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.

Contest Deadlines: I make every effort to update the contest list monthly and update deadline dates as the contest sponsors update them on their websites. Contest dates may change without anyone notifying me, so users of this guide should check the contest website for the most accurate information. 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. Covid-19 may also have impacted some annual contests, their ability to update their sites or run their contests at all. I will retain 'outdated' contest sites for one year to allow them time to catch up. Hopefully, by 2022, many of our lives will be back to a more steady status.


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

January - February - March - April - May - June - July
August - September - October - November - December

 

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
[NOTE: 1/9/22 Site not responding]

Chicago Young Writers Review (CYWR)

Various contests with various deadlines
Grades K-8
All genres

new iconThe Earth Chronicles

Monthly Summer Writing Contests June/July/August 2022
Summer Challenge with weekly prompts June 6 - August 12, 2022
Grades 6-12

Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest

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

NAACP ACT-SO Program

Open to U.S. citizen students of African descent grades 9-12
Multiple categories within academic, scientific, and artistic achievement
Requires local program oversight and participation that culminates in a national competition.

National History Day Project Competition

Junior Division (grades 6, 7, 8) and Senior Division (grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
Categories: Paper, Performance, Documentary, Exhibit, Website
Check the website for an affiliate region near you for timelines.

National PTA Reflections Awards

Grades Pre-K to 12
Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts
Each state holds its own contest, submitting winners to the national contest.

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

Poetry in Voice

A monthly poetry contest for Candian students grades 9-12.
Based on a monthly prompt.
All poems submitted are considered for publication in Voices/Voix.

Six Word Memoirs

Six Words hold monthly contests for which writers must respond to a prompt in exactly six words.

Stone Soup Flash Contest

Stone Soup holds a monthly flash contest challenge based on a prompt.

Write the World

WtW holds monthly contests based on an idea or genre (poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, fiction, etc.). For young writers 13-18 years old.

WriteCause

An organization that runs quarterly writing contests with topics centered around different world issues, encouraging charity donations, and prompting teens to reflect on current crises and inspiring solutions.

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

Youth Communication

Every three months, YC will highlight five recent articles and ask readers ages 14-19 to write a response to the author of a story (up to 300 words). Three winners will receive prizes of $150 (1st prize), $75 (2nd prize), and $50 (3rd prize.)


 

January Deadline

New College of the Humanities

Essay Competition
Prompts provided in humanities and social sciences.
Grade 12 only
Deadline: January 1, 2022

National Youth Foundation

Amazing Women Writing Contest
Theme: Local Heroines
Grades K-8
Deadline: January 7, 2022

The Trust for Sustainable Living

The Sustainability Challenge
International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
Ages Primary and Secondary School Categories
Deadline: January 9, 2022
Teachers must register class of students.
Registration opens in September.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Grades 9-12
Deadline: January 14, 2022 postmark

Columbus State University

The Carson McCullars Literary Award
Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Expository Essay, Playwriting, Screenwriting
High School Age Category for Georgia and Alabama High School Students
Deadline: January 14, 2022

Ringling College of Art and Design

High School Creative Writing Contest
High School Age Writers
Deadline: January 15, 2022

Elephant Aid International Essay Contest

"Welcome Bo!" Essay Prompts
Grade 3-5 and 6-8
Deadline: January 22, 2022

Columbia College Chicago

Young Authors Writing Competition
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
High School Age Writers
Deadline: January 30, 2022

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards
Grades 6-8 or 9-12
For outdoor-oriented works.
Deadline: January 31, 2022

The Telling Room

Themed Poetry and Fiction
Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18
For Maine Residents only
Deadline: January 31, 2022

 

February Deadline

Arizona Mystery Writers

Mary Ann Hutchison Memorial Story Contest for Youths
Ages 9-13; 14-17 Both age groups awarded prizes.
Deadline: February 1, 2022

Bluefire 1000-word Story Contest

Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation
Grades 6-12
Deadline: February 1, 2022

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, 2022

Gannon University

High School Poetry Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: February 1, 2022

Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Chapman University
Grades Middle and High School
Deadline: Postmark February 1, 2022 or by February 3, 2022 for digital submissions

North Carolina Poetry Society

Student Poetry Contest
Grades 3-College Undergraduate
North Carolina Residents Only
Deadline: February 1, 2022

U.S. Kids Annual Cover Art Contest

Ages 2-12
Deadline: February 1, 2023

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Davidson Institute, Reno, NV
Ages 18 and under as application date
For completion of a significant work in STEM or Humanities categories
Deadline: February 9, 2022

NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing

For Juniors in the current academic school year
Students must be nominated by their school's English Department
Deadline: February 15, 2022

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, 2022

Young Writers of Canada

Young Writers Poetry Contest
Ages 5-18
French & English entries accepted
Deadline: Offered every other year; check back for 2023

Society of Professional Journalists and Journalism Education Association

Essay based on prompt.
Grades 9-12 U.S. Public, Private, & Home Schools
Deadline: February 19, 2022

Curieux Research Scholarship Award

Middle or High School Students
Deadline: February 20, 2022

West Chester University

Several contests for undergraduate college/university.
Deadline: February 21, 2022

Keats-Shelley Memorial Association

Young Romantics Prizes
Poetry, Essay
Ages 16-18
Deadline: February 23, 2022

Ice Lolly Review Campaign Contest

Theme: Social Issues of Importance to Youth
Ages 12-18
Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry
Deadline: February 28, 2021
[Inquiry sent 5/23.]

Polyphony Lit Black History Month Contest

Open to High School Students Globally
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: Open February 1 - February 28, 2023

Polyphony Lit Winter Contest

Open to High School Students Globally
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: Open February 1 - February 28, 2023

 

March Deadline

Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest

Grades 3-12
Deadline: March 1, 2022

Hunger Mountain

International Young Writers Prize
Open to High School writers worldwide
Deadline: March 1, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

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, 2021
[Inquiry sent 5/23.]

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

University of Central Florida
Middle & High School Writing Contest
Story, Poem, Essay
Deadline: March 1, 2022

Project Yellow Light

Scholarship Competition
Grades High School or College
Video, Billboard, Radio PSA on not driving distracted
[Also listed under April]
Deadline: March 1, 2022

Writing for Peace

Dove Tales: A Writing for Peace Literary Journal of the Arts
Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction that explores social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes 
Ages 13-19
Deadline: March 1, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

American Society of Human Genetics

DNA Day Essay Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: March 2, 2022

Cancer Unwrapped Teen Essay Writing Contest

Cancer Pathways
Grades: 9-12
Deadline: March 4, 2022

Austin Poets Di-Verse-City Anthology

Adult and Youth Categories
Deadline: March 5, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

It's All Write! Teen Writing Contest

Ann Arbor District Library
Flash Fiction and Short Story Grades 6-12
Open to Michigan Residents Only
Deadline: March 6, 2022

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 collaborative groups that include students with disabilities
Deadline: March 9, 2022

Writopia Labs Worldwide Plays Festival

Micro-Play Contest
Grades 1-12
Deadline: March 11, 2022

Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Online Flexible Dates June 20-August 1
High School and Gap Year Students
Financial Aid Available
Deadline: March 15, 2022

The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival Competition

Original Plays or Musicals on any subject
Ages 9-19
Deadline: March 15, 2022

The Haiku Society of America

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Grades 7-12
Deadline: March 21, 2022

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art, Video, Projects
Grades 1-12
Deadline: Postmark March 23, 2022

Essay and Art Contest on Human and Civil Rights

Hindus for Human Rights
Open to South Asian American students in grades 6-12
Deadline: March 30, 2022

ukiaHaiku Festival

Haiku Contest
All Ages - Some Regional to California Counties
No Fee (except for Adult Contemporary Haiku)
Deadline: On hiatus for 2020.
The website includes helpful guidelines for writing haiku.
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

BreakBread Literacy Project Villena-Aldama Contest

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Art/Comics/Hybrid
Ages Under 25 years old
Deadline: March 31, 2022

The Caterpillar

Best Poem for Children Contest
This contest is actually for adults writing for readers ages 7-11(ish).
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Princeton University

Lewis Arts Center
Ten-Minute Play Contest
Grades 11and 12 in the current school year
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize

Grades K-12
Deadline: March 31, 2022

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 anthology of past submissions.

The Sejong Cultural Society

Essay, Sijo (Poetry)
Open to Pre-college and Young Adults
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Taradiddle Youth Writing Contests

Animal-themed prompt-based fiction
Age Categories: Elementary under 13; High School 14-18
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Young Writers of Canada

Annual Young Writers Creative Writing Contest
Ages 5-18
Deadline: March 31, 2022

Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction Contest

One weekly prompt posted via social media must be included.
Ages 9-14
Deadline: March 31, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

 

April Deadline

Project Yellow Light

Scholarship Competition
Grades High School or College
Video, Billboard, Radio PSA on not driving distracted
[Also listed under March]
Deadline: April 1, 2022

Dove Tales Young Writers Contest

Poetry, Fiction, nonfiction
Ages 13-19
Deadline: April 5, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

United States Institute for Peace

High School Essay Contest
Deadline: April 4, 2022

American Foreign Service Association

High School Essay Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: April 4, 2022

#USvsHate

All-Media Public Anti-Hate Message Contest
Grade Categories: K12; 7-12 Grade; Higher Education
Individual and Class Group Submissions
Deadline: December 17, 2021 and April 8, 2022

Power to Explore Writing Challenge

California Institute of Technology
U.S. Students in grades K-12
Deadline: April 13, 2022

Binsey Poplar Press

Art and Writing on Environment/Environmental Awareness
Students Ages 12-26
Deadline: April 15, 2022

fingers comma toes

National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition
All ages
Deadline: April 15, 2022

We the Students Essay Contest

Bill of Rights Institute
Ages 14-19
Deadline: April 15, 2022

The Legacy Project

"Listen to a Life" Writing Contest
Ages 8-18
Deadline: April 15, 2022

Americans Against Gun Violence

National High School Essay Contest
Theme provided on website.
Deadline: April 16, 2022

Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project

Nationwide Essay Contest
Topic provided on website.
Middle School and High School
Deadline: April 17, 2022

Short on Words

Poetry or Prose in response to one of ten photographs.
Age Categories 17 and under, 18 and older
$10 Nonprofit fundraising entry fee
Deadline: April 22, 2022

The Wilbur & NISO Smith Foundation

Author of Tomorrow Adventure Writing Contest
Ages 11 and under; 12-15; 16-21
Deadline: April 22, 2022

Skipping Stones Youth Honors Award

Promoting Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding and Nature Appreciation
Original Writing and Art
Ages 7-17
Deadline: April 25, 2022

Go On Girl! Scholarships

Aspiring Writer and Unpublished Writer
Each has unique criteria; See website
Deadline: April 30, 2022

Lake Superior State University Short Story Prize

Genre: Historical Fiction
Open to high school age writers
Deadline: On hiatus for the 2019-2020 school year

Metaphor Dice & Button Poetry Anthology Contest

Poetry
Open to all ages with a 17 and under "Student" category
There is a $2 or $3 fee depending on your age
Deadline: April 30, 2022

 

May Deadline

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: May 1, 2022

The Junebug Journal

Prose, Poetry, Visual Art, Photography, Culinary Arts, Performing Arts, Videography
High School Artists Ages 13-19
Deadline: May 1, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

LIGHT

Leaders Igniting Generational Healing & Transformation
Under 18 category
"How might we recreate public health as art, letters, stories, and poetry?"
Letters, Poetry, Stories, Art, and a "Surprise Us" category
Deadline: May 1, 2022

New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights

YouthPLAYS
Non-musical, one-act play suitable for HS audience
Written by Playwrights 19 years and under
Deadline: May 1, 2022

World Historian Student Essay Competition

World History Association
Grades K-12
Deadline: May 1, 2022

Skipping Stones Asian Celebration Haiku Contest

Ages 7-18
Deadline: May 5, 2022

Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center

Holocaust Writing, Art and Film Contest
Open to grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, AK
Deadline: May 13, 2022

new iconThe Roadrunner Review

High School Writing Contest
Poetry and Prose ("any genre")
Deadline: May 15, 2022

Toyin Fálọlá Prize

Short Story Theme: Africanfuturism
Ages 15-35
Entrants must be African
Deadline: May 15, 2022

The Adroit Journal

Prizes for Poetry and Prose
Open to Secondary and Undergraduate Students
Fee Waiver Request Form available
Deadline: May 31, 2022

Humane Education Network

A Voice for Animals
Essay Contest for 14-15 and 16-18-year-olds
Video Action Project for 16-18-year-olds
Essay with Photos for 16-18-year-olds
Deadline: May 31, 2022

Last House Writing Contest for Emerging Writers

Sponsored by Audobon Canyon Ranch
Essay, Short Story, Poetry
Age Categories 8-12 years old and 13-17 years old
Deadline: May 31, 2022

 

June Deadline

California Young Playwrights Contest

Open to residents of California only.
Ages Under 19 as of June 1
Deadline: June 1, 2022

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

"Youth" Category of High School Age and Younger
Deadline: June 1, 2022

US Forest Service

"Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors"
Art, Writing, Photography, Videography, Music
Ages 11-18
Deadline: June 1, 2022

Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

Ages High School / College / Graduate School
Topic changes each year
Deadline: June 2, 2022

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest

Art, Poetry, Prose, Film, Music, Multimedia, Performing Arts, Spoken Word
Ages 11-18
Deadline: June 13, 2022

Fraser Institute Student Essay Contest

Open to students studying in Canada and Canadian students studying abroad.
High School / Undergraduate / Graduate Categories
Topic changes each year
Deadline: June 15, 2022

Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest

Theme: Kindness
Ages 25 and under
Deadline: June 15, 2022

Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize

Topic Essay Contest
Grade 12 or equivalent
Deadline: June 21, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

new iconNational Teen Storyteller Contest: Solidarity

The Center for Fiction and The Decameron Project
Ages 13-18
Deadline: June 1 - June 25, 2022

Chicago Young Writers Review (CYWR)

Theme: "The Story That Made Me Feel"
Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Grades K-8
Deadline: June 30, 2022

Eden Mills Writers' Festival

Poetry Contest for Children
Ontario Residents Only
Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8
Deadline: June 30, 2022

Eden Mills Writers' Festival

Poetry Contest for Teens
Ontario Residents Only
Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12
Deadline: June 30, 2022

The Geek Partnership Society

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Alternate History Fiction
Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel
Various age categories (K-Adult)
Deadline: June 30, 2022

Polyphony Lit Pride Month Contest

Open to High School Students Globally
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: Open June 1 - June 30, 2022

Polyphony Lit Summer Contest

Theme: "2020 Hindsight"
Open to High School Students Globally
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: Open June 1 -June 30, 2022

 

July Deadline

1455 Teen Poetry Contest

Ages 13-19
Deadline: July 1, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

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, 2022

new iconWoolgathering Young Voices Prize

Poetry
Ages under 22 years
Deadline: July 1, 2022

new iconJohnson County Library Youth Short Story Contest

Short Story in Verse on the theme "Oceans of Possibilities!"
Grades 3-12
Deadline: Postmark July 6, 2022

new iconJohnson County Library Youth Sticker Design Contest

Theme: "Oceans of Possibilities!"
Ages 11 and under
Deadline: Postmark July 6, 2022

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: July 14, 2022

NCTE Excellence in Student Literary Magazines

Open to all accredited middle and secondary schools (US, CA, VI, US schools abroad)
Deadline: July 31, 2022

Hominum Journal Young Writers Contest

Prose and Poetry
Ages 13-22
Deadline: July 11, 2020
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

Student Book Scholars

National Youth Foundation
Theme: Anti-Bullying
Grades K-8
Deadline: July 15, 2022

"I Matter" Poetry Contest

National Youth Foundation
Topic: "Black Lives Matter"
Grades: K-12
Deadline: July 23, 2022

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Poetry Society
Ages 11-17
Deadline: July 31, 2022

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, 2022

Writing Tournament

Ages 8-16
A free, not-for-profit writing competition for young writers which simulates the journey of a professional author.
Deadline: July 31, 2022

Young Writers of Canada

Annual Open All Ages Poetry Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2021

 

August Deadline

Sixteen Rivers Press Youth Poetry Contest

Ages 13-19
Deadline: August 4, 2021

new iconYoung Writers Project

Summer of Stories 2022
Written and Visual Submissions - All genres
Grades K-12
Deadline: August 15, 2022

Stone Soup Book Contest

Fiction, Memoir, Poetry Manuscript
Ages 14-24
Deadline: August 21, 2022

Eco-Generation Environmental Essay Competition

Tunza Eco Generation and Samsung Engineering
Undergraduates Only
Deadline: August 31, 2021

The Sucarnochee Review Poetry Contest

University of West Alabama
Undergraduates Only
Deadline: August 31, 2021

William Faulkner Literary Competition

Student Short Story Category
Open to Mississippi High School Students
Deadline: August 31, 2022

 

September Deadline

Friends Annual Bookmark Design Contest

Johnson County Library, Kansas
Bookmark Art
All Ages
Deadline: September 10, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

Gigantic Sequins: Teen Sequins

Poetry
Ages 14-18 (before June 2022)
Deadline: September 12, 2022

Taradiddle Youth Writing Contests

Animal-themed prompt-based fiction
Age Categories: Elementary under 13; High School 14-18
Deadline: September 15, 2022

Reaching for Your Dreams Contest

Johnson County Library, Kansas
Stories, Essays, Poems, Art
Ages 10 and under
Deadline: September 1-14, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

new iconArt of Unity Creative Award

International Human Rights Art Festival
Poetry, Short Story, Essay as well as any creative media
Youth Age Category 18 and under
Deadline: September 30, 2022

new iconCreators of Justice Literary Awards

International Human Rights Art Festival
Poetry, Short Story, Essay 2500 words or less on Human Rights Theme
Youth Age Category 18 and under
Deadline: September 30, 2022

 

October Deadline

Transitions Abroad Travel Contest

Student Writing Contest
Currently enrolled undergrad and grad students & recent grads.
Deadline: On hiatus until the pandemic allows more safe/open travel.

Embracing Our Differences

Art Exhibit and Quote Contest
For all ages
Deadline: October 5, 2022

National YoungArts Foundation

Ages 15-18
Various Arts Categories
Receive up to $10k + educational support
Applications Open June 22 - October 15, 2021

American Geosciences Institute

Earth Science Week Essay Contest
Theme: "Finding 'Art' in Earth"
Grades 6-9
Deadline: October 14, 2022

Polyphony Lit Latin Heritage Contest

Open to High School Students Globally
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: Open September 15 - October 15, 2022

Polyphony Lit Fall Contest

Open to High School Students Globally
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: Open October 1 - October 31, 2022

VFW Patriot's Pen

Themed Essay Competition
Grades 6-8
Deadline: October 31, 2022

VFW Voice of Democracy

Audio Essay Competition
Grades 9-12
Deadline: October 31, 2022

Hollins University

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
For High School Sophomore and Junior Girls
Deadline: October 31, 2021

 

November Deadline

Bennington College

Young Writers Competition
Grades 10-12
Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Deadline: November 1, 2022

The Bridges Collaborative Student Contest

Performance Response to Prompt
Grades K-12
Video, Podcast, Classroom Lessons, Written Pieces, Poetry, Art, Music, Prezis, Powerpoint, & Other Creative Medium
Deadline: November 1, 2021

Interlochen Arts Academy

Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition
Fiction, Poetry, Spoken Word Personal essay or memoir, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Comics, Experimental or unclassifiable writing
Grades 8-11
Deadline: November 7, 2021

Lions International

Essay Contest: "We Are All Connected"
Ages 11, 12, 13 years old on November 15, 2022
Open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines.

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, 2022

Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Open Call for Submissions
Ages 15 or younger
Deadline: November 15, 2021

One Teen Story Contest

Open Call for Submissions
Ages 13-15, 16-17, 18-19
Deadline: November 19, 2022

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 27, 2020

International Bipolar Foundation

High School Essay Contest
Ages 13-29
Deadline: October 15 - November 30, 2021

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, 2022

NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program

National Novel Writing Month
November 1 - 30, 2022

National Teen Storyteller Contest: Struggle

The Center for Fiction and The Decameron Project
Ages 13-18
Deadline: November 1 - November 30, 2022

 

December Deadline

Piedmont Institute of Communication, Art and Music

Emerging Writers Contest
High School and Community College Students
All styles, forms, genres under 5000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2020
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

Saint Mary's College

River of Words Poetry and Art Contest
Grades K-12 (Ages 5-19)
Deadline: December 1, 2021

Smith College

The Poetry Center High School Prize
An annual prize for sophomore & junior girls in New England
Deadline: September 1 - December 1, 2021

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art
Grades 1-8
Deadline: December 4, 2019
Note: This contest is run twice each year. See entry under April.

Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation Essay Contest

Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation Essay Contest
High School Students
Deadline: December 10, 2021

#USvsHate

All-Media Public Anti-Hate Message Contest
Grade Categories: K12; 7-12 Grade; Higher Education
Individual and Class Group Submissions
Deadline: December 17, 2021 and April 8, 2022

Quantum Shorts

Short Story
"Entries must take inspiration from quantum physics and be no longer than 1000 words."
Ages 13+
Alternates between sci-fi and sci films each year.
Deadline: December 16, 2021

Rider University

Annual High School Writing Contest
Grades 9-12
Essay, Short Story, Poetry
Deadline: December 20, 2021

The Trust for Sustainable Living

International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
Ages Primary and Secondary School Categories
Deadline: December 23, 2021
Teachers must register class of students.
Registration opens in September.

The National WWII Museum Essay Contest

Topic changes each year
Middle School and High School Students
Deadline: December 27, 2019

Auroras & Blossoms

PoArtMo Anthology
Poetry, Prose, Artwork, Mixed Genre
Ages 13-16
Deadline: December 31, 2022

The Fire Scholarship Contest

Essay: Prompt using video examples on topic of Free Speech
Grades High School Juniors & Seniors
Deadline: December 31, 2021

The Fitzgerald Museum

Fiction, Poetry, Multi-Genre
High School and College Students
Deadline: September 1 - December 31, 2021

Kay Snow Student Writing Contest

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Grades 1-12 and College
Deadline: December 31, 2020

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: December 31, 2020
[Submissions open in November; check back for deadline.]

The Lyric Magazine

Poetry Contest
Undergraduate Students – USA and Canada
Deadline: Postmark December 31, 2022

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 31, 2021
[Sent inquiry 5/23.]

The Society of Classical Poets

Poetry Competition
Ages 13-19
Deadline: December 31, 2021

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