Crazyhorse Literary Prizes
Entry Fee: $20
Crazyhorse Literary Prizes offer three awards of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse. Prizes are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Ada Limón will judge in poetry, Justin Torres will judge in fiction, and Robin Hemley will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Crazyhorse, during the month of January. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Crazyhorse, Literary Prizes, College of Charleston, English Department, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424.
Deadline: January 31, 2017
Theater Project Young Playwrights Contest
Website: The Theater Project; Deadline: January 20, 2017
For high school students
aged 13 – 18
- Scripts due January 2017
- Finalists notified February 2017
- Awards ceremony March 2017
The purpose of this playwriting competition is to encourage New Jersey high school students to write and also advance their interest in theater.
High school students aged 13-18 are invited to submit either a short play or an excerpt from a longer work that they have written. Winners’ plays will be performed by professional actors.
The prize winners will receive cash awards and see their work performed by the professional actors of The Theater Project at a ceremony. Additional writers will be presented with honorable mention citations and gift certificates.
In addition to the award ceremony, The Theater Project is providing free tutorials for any interested entrant in this year’s competition. Each young author has been offered a half hour script consultation with one of the adult playwrights and directors from the Theater Project. They will pass along their experiences with theater in general and discuss the challenges of playwriting.
Young writers will also have the chance to meet with other contestants and the actors who are performing that day.
Deadlines for 2017 submissions will be posted here November 2016.
- Entrants must attend a NJ high school
- Scripts must be between 10 and 30 pages
- Scripts must be in play format
- Original work only, no adaptations
- One entry per author
1. Fill out entry form
2.Upload script, author bio and photo
3. Pay $10 entry fee by card or check
A Kansas nonprofit established in 1980, the Writing Conference Inc. hosts an annual national writing contest for middle and high school students.
WHO: Students in grades 6 -12
WHAT TO SUBMIT: Each student may submit ONE entry: a poem, exposition (personal essay) or narration (short story or play).
2017 THEME: CHANGE: Change is found in almost every place – school, church, government, etc… Or is it? Some say change isn’t occurring at all or at least not fast enough. When change does occur, it may be planned or spontaneous. Create a poem, narrative, or essay in which you incorporate your ideas and feelings concerning change.
ENTRY FORM: Required form found here.
PRIZE: Award winning pieces will be published in The Writers’ Slate whose audience is comprised of students and teachers at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Submissions should be appropriate for this audience.
SUBMISSION: Student’s name must NOT appear on the manuscript, only on the entry form. Mail manuscripts and entry forms to:
The Writing Conference, Inc.
PO Box 664
DEADLINE: Sunday, January 8, 2017
NJ Young Playwrights Contest
WHAT: The Writers Theatre of New Jersey invites middle and high school students in grades 4-12 to submit plays to the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest.
WHO: NJ students in grades 4 -12
LENGTH: up to 20 pages
TYPE OF PLAY: The contest seeks plays with “realistic” structures, but also encourages non-traditional and inventive work. Judges look for strong plot, characterization, dialogue, conflict, theme, and originality.
THEMES: Plays may be on any topic, but there is a special category, “Living with Disabilities” designed for plays either written by an author with a disability, or a play with themes or characters dealing with disabilities.
FORMATTING: Formatting instructions may be found under the Submissions Guidelines tab.
PRIZE: Winning plays will be performed by professional actors at the NJ Young Playwrights Festival in June.
DETAILS & SUBMISSION: Find links on the Creative Writing News or email Ms. James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Extended to January 15, 2017