This teen essay contest invites high school students to connect a topic studied in the classroom with a New York Times article, video or podcast. Explore connections, draw parallels or explain the topic’s relevance for today.
Choose some piece of academic content: something you’ve been reading, discussing or learning about in school. It may be a work of literature, an event in history, a concept in civics, a phenomenon in science or something else entirely. It can be as small as a single haiku or as large as a world-changing event like the Industrial Revolution.
Find something published in The New York Times in 2018 or 2019 (article, Op-Ed, image, video, graphic or podcast, etc.) that you think connects to your chosen subject in some interesting, meaningful way, and explain how.
What relevance does your academic content have to our world today?
What does it have to do with your life and the lives of those around you?
What parallels do you see between it and something happening in our culture or the news?
What lessons does it offer for us today?
Tell us in 450 words or fewer, how and why the two things connect.
The theme for the contest is DESIRE. For a sense of what we’re looking for, please see our issue preview page.
You may submit an essay of up to 5000 words for consideration. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before uploading.
Eligibility: Writers who do not have significant publication credits, are not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate writing program, do not hold an undergraduate or graduate writing degree, and have clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing.
All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London.
The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, over 20,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online.
The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology.
The top 15 Winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent).
You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2018 (inclusive) in order to enter.
Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.
The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme.
Your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. This includes:
anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints;
online, including blogs and online magazines;
social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram;
any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform.
Poems cannot have won any other competition.
Poems must be the original work of the author (we do run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems).
Poems must be in English.
You cannot enter a poem written by more than one author.
Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world.
If you are 11-12 your parent or guardian will need to give permission for you to enter. Permission can be given online or by sending in the parent or guardian permission form.
Submit a prose poem, a piece of flash fiction, or a micro-essay of up to 500 words. Each entry can include up to 3 pieces.
Each entry is $18, which includes a yearlong subscription to Gulf Coast.
Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.
Honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for publication.
Remember to send up to three pieces. Any genre for this contest! Each piece should be 500 words or less and in a single word document.
Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
A cover letter is not required but can be included in the comments box if you like.
Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). If the fee provides a hardship, keep an eye out for discounted rates near the end of July.
Be sure to select the genre “2018 1/2 K Prize” on the submission form. Submissions with incorrectly designated genres will not be read.
A “Submit Entry” button will appear here when submissions open. Click it to get started. You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to upload your submission after making the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please contact email@example.com and we will ensure you are able to complete your submission.
Deadline: June 30, 2018 Prize: $1500 and book publication by Barrow Street Press Entry Fee: $25 hard copy, $28 online Eligibility: 50-80 page previously unpublished manuscript of original poetry, written in English Questions:firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit a 50-80 page unpublished manuscript of original poetry in English. Please number the pages of your manuscript and include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page for any previously published poems.
Submit as a Word document. Each Word document should include only 1 submission.
Each document should include your first and last name, and email address at the beginning of the document. It should also include your name in the header/footer section of each page for multiple page works.
Poetry should be single-spaced, prose double-spaced, both in 12pt Times New Roman. (We may not be able to accommodate special formatting for poetry work.)
Documents should be titled as follows:
Last Name, First Initial (Genre) Submission Title
ex.: Doe, J (Fiction) A Yeti’s Tale
Do NOT include symbols such as #, $, <, *, /, : and @ in document title.
Eligibility: New writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.)
Length: Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.
Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vijay Seshadri will judge in poetry, Kelly Link will judge in fiction, and Jo Ann Beard 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.
National Council of Teachers of English High School Writing Award for Juniors
Deadline: February 15, 2018
Eligibility: Current high school JUNIORS are eligible to be nominated by their school’s English department. Nominations should be based on whether the writer exhibits power to inform and move an audience through control of a wide range of the English language. Entries are only accepted from teachers (i.e. the Head of the English Department).
Purpose: To encourage high school students in their writing and to publicly recognize some of the best student writers.
Best Writing – one sample which you consider your best work. The best writing may be in any genre or combination of genres (poetry, narrative, argument, expository). An excerpt from a larger piece of writing is acceptable with a paragraph explaining the piece from which the excerpt was taken. Maximum length for the best writing is six (6) pages. Your name and “Best” must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page.
Themed Writing – must be written based on this year’s theme: “Changing the narrative.” See details here. Maximum length for the themed writing is four (4) pages. Your name and “Themed” must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page.
WHAT: The Writers Theatre of New Jersey invites NJ middle and high school students in grades 4-12 to submit plays to the NJ Young Playwrights Contest and Festival.
DIVISIONS: Elementary (4-6) | Junior School (7-9) | High School (10-12)
LENGTH: Plays up to 20 pages or 20 minutes.
TYPE: Plays with “realistic” structures and inventive work. Judges look for strong plot, characterization, dialogue, conflict, theme, & 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.
A Kansas nonprofit established in 1980, the Writing Conference Inc. hosts an annual national writing contest for middle and high school students.
Deadline: January 15, 2018 Eligibility: Elementary through high school students Entry Fee: None Submit: Each student may submit ONE entry: a poem, personal essay or narration (short story or play). Theme:“Competition.” We are trained for competition from the grade school playgrounds to the Olympic fields, from the classroom to the boardroom. What values from competition are we learning and teaching our children? How do our practices of competition influence the academic, moral, philosophical, and political frame works of our society? Formatting:Entry form required. Read guidelines carefully. 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. Past Winners: Read 2016-2017 winners here. Website: writingconference.com/wpwritingconference/
Topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.
700 – 1,000 words
At least 5 varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews
Demonstrate an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in PROFILES OF COURAGE.
Include registration form
Bibliography with proper citations
Role of Nominating Teacher:
Provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay.
Make suggestions for improvement before essays are submitted to the contest.
Review essays for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensure the essay meets the contest requirements listed above.
Award: Ceremony at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.