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.
Deadline: February 2, 2019 Grades 5-12 Deadline: February 8, 2019 Davidson Institute, Reno, NVAges 18 and under as of Oct.
1, 2019For completion of a significant work in STEM or Humanities categories Deadline: February 13, 2019 Bill of Rights Institute Ages 14-19Deadline: February 14, 2019 Adult and Youth Categories Deadline: February 15, 2019 Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry Grades 1-12 and College Deadline: February 15, 2019 Roland Smith Award for YA and Middle Grade Fiction Written by adults for young adult or middle grade readers.
Grades K-12Deadline: January 8, 2019 National Reading-Writing Contest Grades 4-8 (Different age groups have different deadlines)Deadline: January 11, 2019 Young Authors Writing Competition Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry High School Age Writers Deadline: January 15, 2019 High School Creative Writing Contest High School Age Writers Deadline: January 15, 2019 Sponsored by Fidelity Investments Grades 9-12Deadline: January 18, 2019 postmark Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18Ten-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 Themed Poetry and Fiction Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18For Maine Residents only Deadline: January 31, 2019 Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation Grades 6-12 Deadline: February 1, 2019 Fiction in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.
Grades 3-12 Deadline: February 1, 2019 High School Poetry Contest Grades 9-12Deadline: February 1, 2019 Chapman University Grades Middle and High School Deadline: Postmark February 1, 2019 or by February 4, 2019 for digital submissions Student Poetry Contest Grades 3-College Undergraduate North Carolina Residents Only Deadline: February 1, 2019 Youth PLAYS Written by Playwrights 20 years and older Target Performers Grades K-2 Deadline: February 1, 2019 Writopia Lab8-minute Play Grades 1-12Deadline: February 1, 2019 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.
With young people writing from all Commonwealth countries and territories, the Competition enjoys much esteem and support throughout the Commonwealth. Each student's book may be on any subject and in any genre—fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction, etc...
Updated August 18, 2019 This is a select list of contests from reputable sources.
Young Writers Poetry Contest Ages 5-18French & English entries accepted Deadline: November 15, 2019 Poetry and Prose w/ or w/o Photograph Intergenerational Team of two or more only Deadline: November 16, 2019 The Kenyon Review High School Sophomores and Juniors Award: First place: Full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop and publication. Deadline: November 1 - 30, 2019 National Novel Writing Month November 1 - 30, 2019 High School Essay Contest Ages 13-29Deadline: November 30, 2018New prompt will be announced September 2019.
Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize Any student who is in the eleventh grade in the academic year is eligible.
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.