Student Writing Contests and Publishing Resources

By IYWP Intern Kelsey Foster

Have you ever wanted to see your writing featured in a magazine? Have you ever wanted to win prizes for your amazing work? For all the young writers out there looking to share their talent with the world, this is your guide to several writing contests and publishing resources available to students!


NCTE Student Writing Awards

Link: NCTE Student Writing Awards
Overview: 
Every year the National Council of Teachers of English offers a variety of awards for all ages, including Achievement Awards in Writing (for 11th graders), Promising Young Writers Awards (for 8th graders), and a journalism award for both middle and high school students.

How to Enter: Deadline is February 15th. Check out the website for more details.


PTA’s Reflection Contest

Link: PTA’s Reflection Contest
Overview: 
The National PTA offers several awards, not just for literature, but also for art, dance, and music. Students of any age can submit their work to be reviewed by their local PTA, and winners will advance to state and national levels to compete for an $800 prize and a trip to the National PTA Convention.


How to Enter: Rules vary based on your local PTA. Submissions must also be sent through local PTAs. Check out the website for more details.


Geek Partnership Writing Contest

Link: Geek Partnership Writing Contest
Overview: 
If you love sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, this is the contest for you! They take submissions in fiction, poetry, and comics, and offer awards up to $100.


How to Enter: Submissions open on January 1 and close on July 1. Check out the website for more details.


Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Link: Rattle Young Poets Anthology
Overview: 
This poetry anthology encourages you to reflect back on your earlier work. They require that the poem be written at age 15 or younger and submitted at age 18 or younger.

How to Enter: Deadline is in June. Check out the website for more details.


The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Link: Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Overview: 
This contest has a lot of categories and something for everyone. Each category has its own rules and specifications, so make sure you check out every option before submitting.


How to Enter: Check out the website for more details.


The Princeton Ten-Minute Play Contest

Link: Princeton Ten-Minute Play Contest
Overview: 
If you enjoy writing scripts, this is the contest for you! Open to only 11th graders, submissions of short plays are submitted to the theater faculty at Princeton to win recognition and prizes of up to $500.


How to Enter: Deadline is at the end of March. Check out the website for more details.


SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest

Link: SPJ/JEA Essay Contest
Overview: 
Sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, this contest invites students to write essays on the importance of independent media sources. They offer scholarships of up to $1000.

How to Enter: Deadline is at the end of February. Essays are based on a yearly prompt and there is a $5 submission fee. Check out the website for more details.


We the Students Essay Contest

Link: We the Students Essay Contest
Overview: 
This essay contest is sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute and offers prizes up to $7500. Details of the 2020-2021 contest will be released on December 15.


How to Enter: Deadline of April 15. Check out the website for more details.


Among these contests and publishing resources are hundreds of other similar opportunities. All you have to do is look them up! Being a young writer can be extremely daunting, but we encourage you all to take advantage of these opportunities to share your talent and voice with the world.

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