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 deadline.

Name Participants Type Genre(s) Deadline

Write the World

Ages 13-18

National

Oct: Speech
Nov: Novel
Dec: Creative Nonfiction
Jan: Book Review
Feb: Songwriting
Mar: Op-Ed
Apr: Poetry & Spoken Word
May: Food Writing
June: Science Fiction
July: Sports Writing
Aug: Flash Fiction

Monthly

Learning Network from The New York Times 6th-12th International Sept-Nov: Coming of Age in 2020
Sept-Oct: Election 2020
Oct-Nov: Personal Narrative
Nov-Dec: Vocabulary Video
Dec-Jan: Review
Jan-Mar: STEM Writing
Feb-Apr: Editorial
Apr-May: Podcast
Jun-Aug: Summer Reading
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
microfiction
short screenplay
Quarterly
I, Too, Am the Dream Contest 12th National essay September 14, 2020

VFW Voices of Democracy

9th-12th

National

audio essay

October 31, 2020

VFW Patriot's Pen 6th-8th National essay October 31, 2020

Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma

12th

State

essay

November 9, 2020

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 4, 2020

If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

8th

State

essay

December 18, 2020

Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English Young Writers Contest

6th-12th

State

poetry
short essay
comic strip
descriptive paragraph
personal narrative
short story

January 15, 2021

Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Writing Contest PK-12th State essay January 15, 2021
Profile in Courage Essay Contest 9th-12th National essay January 15, 2021

Oklahoma Writing Project Contest

PK-12th; teacher

State

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

January 2021

Engineer Girl 3rd-12th National 3rd-5th: letter
6th-8th: news story/blog post
9th-12th: essay

February 1, 2021

R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest 9th-12th State fiction & poetry February 5, 2021
Promising Young Writers (NCTE) 8th State various February 15, 2021
Achievement Awards in Writing (NCTE) 11th State various February 15, 2021
OKC National Memorial Annual Student Essay Contest 5th-12th National essay February 21, 2021
English Jueju K-12; adults State poetry February 26, 2021
Aerie International Ages 13-19 International poetry
short story
flash fiction
brief nonfiction
lyric essay
short drama
foreign language poetry and translations
February 2021
Scope's First-Line Contest 5th-10th National short story March 1, 2021
Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest 9th-12th National essay March 14, 2021
Podcast (NPR) 5th-12th National podcast March 15, 2021
Adroit Prizes 9th-12th; college International poetry
short story
April 2021
Oklahoma Poem Contest K-12th; adults State poetry April 3, 2021
"You Will Be Found" College Essay Writing Challenge 11th-12th National essay April 5, 2021
Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest PK-12th; adults National bad sentence April 15, 2021

Ayn Rand

8th-12th

National

essay

April 29, 2021

Sejong Cultural Society K-12; adults National poetry (sijo)
literary analysis essay
April 30, 2021
Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Program in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books 12th National poetry
memoir/personal essay
fiction/drama
spoken-word 
November 2021
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