Deadline: March 15
Prize: $3000 and publication through University of Nebraska Press
Entry Fee: $25
Eligibility: Living writers, published or unpublished, including non-US citizens, writing in English, excluding past or present paid employees of Prairie Schooner or the University of Nebraska Press or current faculty or students at the University of Nebraska.
Questions: Email PSBookPrize@unl.edu
Journal Submission Guidelines: submission guidelines
Book Contest Guidelines: prairieschooner.unl.edu/book-prize
- Fiction manuscripts (entirely short stories or one novella plus short stories) of at least 150 pages. No novels, single novellas or novella collections.
- Poetry manuscript of at least 50 pages.
- No previously published manuscripts, including self-publication.
- Writers may enter both contests.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify immediately if accepted elsewhere.
ELIGIBILITY: Grades 9 – 12
SUBMIT: Poetry, fiction, memoir, personal essay
AWARD: Publication in the The Apprentice Writer
- Electronic submission via www.apprenticewriter.com
- 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.
Grace Period Extended Until March 10, 2018
Deadline: The Short Story Award for New Writers is held three times per year: February 28 | June 30 | October 31. A one-week grace period follows each deadline.
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.
Entry Fee: $18 per submission
- 1st place: $2,500 | publication in Glimmer Train Stories | 10 copies
- 2nd place: $500*
- 3rd place: $300*
*Or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue
Announcement: Winners will be contacted directly one week prior to public announcement in our bulletins:
- January/February contest announces May 1.
- May/June contest announces September 1.
- September/October contest announces January 1.
- 1st-place: Courtney Knowlton for “Mean Blonde Ponytail Girl”
- 2nd-place: Alexandra B. Chang for “Tomb Sweeping Day”
- 3rd-place: Amanda S. Torres for “Fortuna”
SUBMIT YOUR STORY HERE
An online literary journal edited by creative writing students of Interlochen Arts Academy
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Eligibility: Grades 9-12 or high school postgraduate year.
Judges: Students of the Interlochen Arts Academy
Guidelines: Submit up to 6 pieces total. See full guidelines here: interlochenreview.org/submit/
- Fiction— 5,000 word max
- Poetry— Long form poems are welcome
- Nonfiction— 5,000 word max
- Hybrid Genre— Flash fiction, prose poetry, lyric essay, film essay/poem, photo essay, new media writing, performance documentation, mixed-media experiments, singer-songwriter compositions or any other hybrid work.
- Scripts/Screenplays— 40 page max. Standard format.
BIO: All submissions must be accompanied by a brief author bio. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME anywhere on the submission EXCEPT for in the bio statement. The Interlochen Review accepts work recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and YoungARTS. They DO NOT accept previously published work from other journals, online or in print.
Entry Fee: $20
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.
Deadline: January 31, 2018
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.
Essay Prompt: “Changing the Narrative.”
NJ Young Playwrights Contest
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.
FORMATTING: Instructions may be found under the Submissions Guidelines tab.
- Staged reading production of play with actors, a director, and dramaturg from WTNJ.
- New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education (10-12 grades only).
DETAILS: Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey: org/nj-young-playwrights-contest
Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018
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.
Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Deadline: Postmarked by January 4, 2018
Eligibility: Grades 9-12
Entry Fee: None
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.
Deadline: December 22, 2017
Eligibility: Grades 9-12
Entry Fee: $5 if submitted by student. $20 for an unlimited number if submitted by teacher. Checks made payable to Poetry Society of America. (Membership not required).
Award: One of the most prestigious awards available to poets. $250.
Submit: One unpublished poem
2018 Judges: Meena Alexander, Daniel Borzutzky, Eduardo C. Corral, Donika Kelly, Dorianne Laux, Lynn Melnick, Dean Rader, Paisley Rekdal, Maggie Smith, Jillian Weise, and Mark Wunderlich.
Previous Winners: See winning poems here.
Endowed under the wills of Louise Louis Whitbread and Ruth M. Bourne, this prize is awarded for the best unpublished poem by a student in grades 9 through 12 from the United States. Teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students’ poems, one submission per student.
• Only one entry per student.
• Previous PSA winners cannot be re-submitted.
• Previously published work cannot be submitted.
• No translations.
• No poems by multiple authors.
• Entry must have 1 cover page and 2 collated copies of your poem.
Email (if available)
Name of the Award
Title and First Line of first poem in submission
Your name should not appear anywhere else besides this cover sheet.
Cover Sheet Template: It’s not a requirement, but you might find it helpful to use our cover sheet template.
Poetry Society of America
Annual Award Submission
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HS Writing Contest
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Eligibility: Grades 9-12
Entry Fee: None
Award: $100 and possible publication in Venture Magazine
How to Enter: Guidelines
Judge: Dr. Roberta Clipper
Previous Winners: 37th Annual Contest Winners
- ESSAY: Personal essay, labeled ESSAY, any topic. Max 5 double-spaced pages.
- FICTION: Short story, labeled FICTION. Max 5 double-spaced pages.
- POETRY: One poem. Max 50 lines.
- Type on the entry:
Your Name and address
School Name and address
- Include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original and by you.
- Entries must be typed. Stories and essays must be double-spaced. Please give your story, essay and or poem a title.
- Only one entry per category will be considered. Choose your best writing and send only one.
- Mail your entry postmarked no later than December 15, 2017 to:
Dr. Roberta Clipper
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Entries cannot be returned. Winners will be announced by May 2018. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners. GOOD LUCK!
Deadlines: Find your state here.
NJ Deadline: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Eligibility: Grades 4–12
Entry Fee: None
Award: Regional & National Honors
Submit: Personal essay in the form of a letter to an author, living or dead. See guidelines.
How to Enter: Guidelines
Previous Winners: Click here for national and state-level winners
Website: Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest.
The 2017-18 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.
Regional Deadlines: Click for deadlines.
NJ Writing Deadline: Extended to December 7, 2017
NJ Art Deadline: January 3, 2018
Eligibility: Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12
Entry Fee: $5/regular submission. $20/ Senior Writing Portfolio
Award: Regional, National Awards and Scholarship Opportunities
Categories: For a full list of category descriptions, click HERE.
Signup: Create an account
Previous Winners: Scholastic online galleries
Original work only: See website for copyright and plagiarism FAQ
Blind Judging: Submissions may not contain your name or personal information.
Judging Criteria: Originality, technical skill and personal voice.
POETRY: Set of 1-5 poems with combined line count of 20 – 200 lines
FICTION: 1,000 – 3,000 words
FLASH FICTION: 1,000 words max.
PERSONAL ESSAY/MEMOIR: 500 – 3,000 words
CRITICAL or PERSUASIVE ESSAY: 500 – 3,000 words (cite sources)
JOURNALISM: 500 – 3,000 words
DRAMATIC SCRIPT: 500 – 3,000 words.
NOVEL WRITING: Excerpt up to 3,000 words plus 250 word summary.
SCI/FI or FANTASY: 500 – 3,000 words
HUMOR: 500 – 3,000 words.
SENIOR PORTFOLIO: Seniors only: 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles, plus writer’s statement. See website for further details.
- No names on manuscripts or work will be disqualified
- Put the title at the top of the first page only
- No names of real people
- Parent, teacher & student signatures required on entry form
- Do not double submit to different categories unless the 2nd submission is for the senior portfolio
Steps to Submit Work for NJ Region Only:
- Work must be uploaded before December 7, 2017 in order to obtain your teacher’s signature on the entry form (Ms. James, Ms. Gabb or your English teacher).
- Once your work has been uploaded, download your entry form and print it out.
- Have the form signed by your parent, your teacher and yourself.
- Mail the form via the U.S. Post Office (see address below). You may enclose a check or pay online. The fee is $5 per individual submission and $20 per Senior Writing Portfolio.
- Make the check payable to: NEWARK PUBLIC LIBRARY. (Checks made payable to the Scholastic Awards or Scholastic cannot be cashed and the student’s application will not be accepted. One check may be written for multiple submissions). Scholastic also accepts payment via Either form of payment is acceptable, but entry forms must be physically mailed.
- DEADLINE – Forms and fees must be POSTMARKED by December 7, 2017.
- DO NOT mail your manuscripts. Those are uploaded electronically. DO mail signed entry forms and checks to:
Attn: Maisy Card
Newark Public Library
O. Box 630
Newark, NJ 07101-0630
The Adroit Journal annually recognizes
six emerging student or non-student poets as
Gregory Djanikian Scholars.
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Eligibility: Anyone, student or non-student, who has NOT published a full-length collection of poetry
Entry Fee: $9
Award: $100 & portfolio publication in The Adroit Journal
Submit: Up to 6 poems, 10 page max
Guidelines: Simultaneous and previously published submissions acceptable if stated in cover letter. See details.
Gregory Djanikian was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and came to the United States when he was eight years old. He has published six poetry collections, the latest of which is Dear Gravity (CMU Press, 2014). His poetry appears in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Poetry, Southern Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. Until retiring, he was the longstanding Director of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where he still teaches poetry workshops.
Greg’s insight and instruction has greatly enriched both the Adroit Journal as well as its staff of emerging writers. We’d like to recognize and encourage the gift of such support by offering it ourselves, to six writers in need of affirmation and support. In honor of Greg’s contribution to emerging student and non-student writers at Penn and around the world, we hope to recognize talent from around the world and open them to a long future in writing.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS
We will be annually recognizing six emerging student or non-student poets as Gregory Djanikian Scholars. All emerging writers who have not published full-length collections are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and are encouraged to submit.
Gregory Djanikian Scholars receive $100 and publication of their portfolios of poems in a future issue of the Adroit Journal. Finalists will be awarded copies of Greg’s latest collection, Dear Gravity, and a list of semifinalists determined by the editors will be released with results.
Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced). Simultaneous submissions, previously published submissions, and submissions recognized by outside organizations are accepted, provided that a) a full catalogue of publication history for enclosed poems is included in the submission and b) at least one poem in the submission remains unpublished. Submitters should reach out promptly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if work acknowledged as unpublished in the cover letter is accepted elsewhere.
Writers are welcome to additionally submit enclosed work to the Adroit Prizes as well as through our general submission portal. However, each writer may not send more than one entry per year for the Gregory Djanikian Scholars designation.
As mentioned above, all emerging writers who have not published full-length collections are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and Gregory Djanikian Scholars will receive $100 and publication in a future issue of the Adroit Journal. Additionally, finalists will be awarded copies of Greg’s latest collection, Dear Gravity, and a list of semifinalists determined by the editors will be released with results.
To accommodate this while offering free online issues, we have set a non-refundable submission fee of $9. If you require financial assistance, you may submit a fee waiver by downloading this form and following the instructions. Due to fee waivers’ processing time, fee waivers will only be accepted until one week before the deadline (postmarked).
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT.
Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
A New Contest for Student Fiction
Eligibility: NJ Students Grades 9-12
- Governor’s Award
- A special performance of their work read by professional actors.
- Students must submit two pieces of fiction.
- Maximum 1500-word piece on any subject of their choosing
- Maximum 750-word piece of “Flash Fiction” on the subject of the Annual Prompt (see below)
In the space of 750 words or less, give us the complete life of a character. The challenge here is to present to us an individual, unique and distinctive, while also giving us a sense of that person’s entire existence, whether that existence was in the service of others, or with a philosophy of utter selfishness, or with an impact no one could have foreseen. Maybe this character’s life presents a lesson for others to live by (or resist). Surprise us with details about this fictional life, keeping in mind that the most surprising details are the ones we embarrassingly admit are too, too true.
More Information: wtnj.org/jersey-shorts
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Eligibility: NJ students grade 9-12
• Inclusion of five poems in the National Youth Poet Laureate Program Northeast Region Anthology
• Entry into the National Regional Contest, the winner of which receives a “book deal,” an anthology of their work.
• Consideration for the National Youth Poet Laureate Award
• A New Jersey Governor’s Award
• A special performance of the New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate winners.
• Additional opportunities to perform throughout the year as ambassadors of the NJ Youth Poet Laureate Program.
• Works of poetry, rap, and spoken word.
• 5 poems, including a poem on the theme: “Mind Your Elders,” about senior citizens.
• Creative Writing News: blogs.newarka.edu/creativewritingclass/
• Ms. James at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey: wtnj.org/nj-youth-poet-laureate
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Deadline: November 27, 2017
Eligibility: High school juniors
Entry Fee: Free
Submit: Up to 3 poems
Awards: 1st Prize: $500; 2nd Prize: $250; 3rd Prize: $100.
Previous Winner: “Gunsafe” by Joseph Felkers
Judge: Princeton University Creative Writing Faculty
Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize
The contest recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th grade. The jury consists of members of the Princeton University Creative Writing faculty such as Michael Dickman, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, and Monica Youn. Find guidelines here.
Online submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 contest — apply below. The application deadline is midnight EST on Monday, November 27, 2017.
A note for high school teachers:
Thank you for your interest in the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize. While we encourage the inclusion of poetry in the high school English curriculum, we ask you to please refrain from using the contest as an occasion to require all your students to submit a poem as a homework assignment. If you read the poems from the past student winners, you’ll see that they all carry a sense of urgency and necessity that is difficult to conjure when a student is obliged to submit a poem. Ideally, we hope motivated students will choose to enter the contest, and that they’ll come to see the writing and sharing of their poems as a joy rather than an obligation.
We’d also like to recommend the following poetry anthologies:
Eligibility: HS Sophomores & Juniors worldwide
Entry Fee: Free
Submit: ONE previously unpublished poem
Awards: Publication in Kenyon Review & full scholarship to Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop
Previous Winner: Poem by Eileen Huang
Judge: KR Editor at Large Natalie Shapero
The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem and the poems of the two runners-up will be published in The Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most widely read literary magazines.The contest is named in honor of Patricia Grodd in recognition of her generous support of The Kenyon Review and its programs, as well as her passionate commitment to education and deep love for poetry. The final judge of the contest is KR Editor at Large Natalie Shapero.
It’s Simple to Enter
- Limit of one, previously unpublished poem per entrant (please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.)
- You must be a high school sophomore or junior to enter
- Make sure your file is in ONE of the following formats:
-.PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
-.DOC or .DOCX (Microsoft Word)
-.RTF (Rich Text Format)
-.TXT (Microsoft Wordpad and Notepad, Apple TextEdit)
- Submit your poem between November 1 and November 30, 2016 by pressing the “Submit Here” button on the website and uploading your file.
- No entry fee; it’s 100% free!