Writing Contests


Contact:

Jason Stephenson
Director of Secondary ELA

(405) 522-3628

Deb Wade
Director, Elementary ELA

(405) 521-3034

Writing Contests

When students write with an authentic purpose and audience, they are motivated to craft powerful words into prose and poetry. The New York Times Learning Network has an article with ten reasons to send student work out into the world. The Learning Network also has a list of over 70 avenues for student publication of writing.

The following contests—state, national, and international—are ways for students to submit their writing. The contests are organized chronologically by their deadline, but they can also be sorted by clicking on any of the other headings.

Name Participants Type Genre(s) Deadline

Write the World

Ages 13-18

National

Oct: Nature & Environmental Poetry
Nov: Novel Writing
Dec: Creative Nonfiction
Jan: Song Writing
Feb: Writing for Children
Mar: Op-Ed
Apr: Poetry & Spoken Word
May: Sports Writing
June: Food Fiction
July: Fantasy Writing
Aug: Flash Fiction

Monthly, 2021-2022

Learning Network from The New York Times 6th-12th International

Sept-Oct: Coming of Age in 2021 Multimedia
Oct-Nov: Personal Narrative

Nov-Dec: Review
Dec-Jan: Vocabulary Video
Jan-Feb: Profile
Feb-Mar: STEM Writing
Mar-Apr: Editorial
Apr-May: Podcast
Jun-Aug: Summer Reading

Monthly, 2021-2022
Rattle's Ekphrastic Poetry Challenge all ages National poetry Monthly
The First Line literary journal all ages International fiction Quarterly
NYC Midnight all ages International short story
screenwriting
flash fiction
microfiction
short screenplay
Quarterly
Darling Axe high school; adults International

novel/fiction:

Clash of the Query Letters

The Synopsis Skirmish

First Page Challenge

An Axe to Grind

Quarterly
Saugus Ghost Story elementary; middle school; high school; adults International

fiction

interactive fiction

October 22, 2021

VFW Voices of Democracy

9th-12th

National

audio essay

October 31, 2021

VFW Patriot's Pen 6th-8th National essay October 31, 2021

Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma

12th

State

essay

October 31, 2021
Gotham Writers: A Monster Comes 6th-12th; adults National sentence(s) November 30, 2021

Scholastic Writing Awards

7th-12th

National

critical essay
dramatic script
flash fiction
humor
journalism

humor
novel writing
personal essay & memoir
poetry
science fiction & fantasy
short story
writing portfolio

December 6, 2021

My Favorite Book 4th-12th State essay December 17, 2021

If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

8th

State

essay

December 2021

Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Writing Contest 1st-12th State essay January 14, 2022
Profile in Courage Essay Contest 9th-12th National essay January 14, 2022

Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English Young Writers Contest

6th-8th; 9th-12th

State

poetry
essay
descriptive paragraph
personal narrative
fiction

comic

art

January 15, 2022

Oklahoma Writing Project Contest

PK-12th; teacher

State

descriptive paragraph
personal narrative
poem
short story
essay
writing across the curriculum
flash fiction
sentence

January 18, 2022

Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Program in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books 12th National poetry
memoir/personal essay
fiction/drama
spoken-word 
February 1, 2022
Engineer Girl 3rd-12th National 3rd-5th: letter
6th-8th: news story/blog post
9th-12th: essay

February 1, 2022

R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest 9th-12th State fiction & poetry February 11, 2022
Promising Young Writers (NCTE) 8th State various February 15, 2022
Achievement Awards in Writing (NCTE) 11th State various February 15, 2022
OKC National Memorial Annual Student Essay Contest 5th-12th National essay February 2022
Sejong Cultural Society K-12; adults National poetry (sijo)
literary analysis essay
March 31, 2022
Scope's First-Line Contest 5th-10th National short story March 2022
Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest 9th-12th National essay March 2022
Podcast (NPR) 5th-12th National podcast March 2022
White Rose Memorial Essay Contest 6th-12th State essay April 1, 2022
Oklahoma Poem Contest K-12th; adults State poetry April 4, 2022

Ayn Rand

8th-12th

National

essay

April 28, 2022

Adroit Prizes 9th-12th; college International poetry
short story
April 2022
Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest PK-12th; adults National bad sentence June 30, 2022
I, Too, Am the Dream Contest 12th National essay on hiatus
English Jueju K-12; adults State poetry on hiatus
Aerie International Ages 13-19 International poetry
short story
flash fiction
brief nonfiction
lyric essay
short drama
foreign language poetry and translations
on hiatus
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Last updated on October 22, 2021