Writing Contests


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 deadline.

Name Participants Type Genre(s) Deadline

Write the World

Ages 13-18

National

Nov: novel * Dec: creative nonfiction * Jan: narrative for children * Feb: environmental journalism * Mar: op-ed * Apr: poetry & spoken word * May: one-act play * June: food * July: sports * Aug: flash fiction

Monthly

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, short screenplay
Quarterly
Personal Narrative Writing Contest* Ages 13-19 International essay October 29, 2019

First Amendment Essay Contest

9th-12th

State

essay

October 2019

Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma

12th

State

essay

October 31, 2019

VFW Voices of Democracy

9th-12th

National

audio essay

October 31, 2019

VFW Patriot's Pen 6th-8th National essay October 31, 2019

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center's Cowboy Youth Poetry Contest

K-12th

State

poetry

November 1, 2019

Review Contest* Ages 13-19 International review December 10, 2019

Scholastic Writing Awards

7th-12th

National

critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay & memoir, poetry, science fiction & fantasy, short story, writing portfolio

December 2019

Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English

6th-12th

State

poetry, short essay, comic strip, descriptive paragraph, personal narrative, short story

December 2019

If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

8th

State

essay

December 2019

Connect What You're Studying in School With the World Today* Ages 13-19 International essay January 4, 2020
Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Writing Contest PK-12th State essay January 15, 2020
Profile in Courage Essay Contest 9th-12th National essay January 17, 2020

Oklahoma Writing Project Contest

PK-12th; teacher

State

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

January 2020

OKC National Memorial Annual Student Essay Contest 5th-12th National essay January 2020
R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest 9th-12th State fiction & poetry February 2020
Aerie International Ages 13-19 International poetry, short story, flash fiction, brief nonfiction, lyric essay, short drama, foreign language poetry and translations, & more February 1, 2020*
Engineer Girl 3rd-12th National short story

February 2020

Black Heritage Creative Contest K-12th State essay & poetry February  2020
Promising Young Writers (NCTE) 8th State various February 2020
Achievement Awards in Writing (NCTE) 11th State various February 2020
Vocabulary Video* Ages 13-19 International video February 11, 2020
English Jueju K-12; adults State poetry 2021
Scope's Write-a-Story Contest 5th-10th National short story March 2020
Sejong Cultural Society K-12; adults National poetry (sijo) & literary analysis essay March 2020
Podcast (NPR) 5th-12th National podcast March 2020
Editorial* Ages 13-19 International editorial March 31, 2020
Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest PK-12th; adults National bad sentence April 15, 2020
Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Program in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books 12th National poetry, memoir/personal essay, fiction/drama, & spoken-word  April 2020

Ayn Rand

8th-12th

National

essay

April 2020

Podcast* Ages 13-19 International podcast May 12, 2020
Summer Reading* Ages 13-19 International essay August 21, 2020
*The Learning Network from The New York Times
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Last updated on December 2, 2019