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

Jan: film review * Feb: book review *
Mar: op-ed * Apr: poetry & spoken word *
May: food * June: fantasy *
July: songwritingAug: flash fiction

Monthly

Rattle's Ekphrastic Poetry Challenge all ages National poetry Monthly
The First Line literary journal all ages International fiction Quarterly

First Amendment Essay Contest

9th-12th

State

essay

October 14, 2018

Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma

12th

State

essay

October 31, 2018

VFW Voices of Democracy

9th-12th

National

audio essay

October 31, 2018

VFW Patriot's Pen 6th-8th National essay October 31, 2018

Cowboy Poetry

K-12th

State

poetry

November 1, 2018

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, 2018

Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English

6th-12th

State

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

December 14, 2018

If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

8th

State

essay

December 14, 2018

Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Writing Contest PK-12th State essay January 11, 2019

Letters About Literature

4th-12th

State / National

letter

January 11, 2019

Profile in Courage Essay Contest 9th-12th National essay January 18, 2019
Connect What You're Studying in School With the World Today* Ages 13-19 International essay January 21, 2019

Oklahoma Writing Project Contest

PK-12th; teacher

State

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

January 22, 2019

OKC National Memorial Annual Student Essay Contest 5th-12th National essay January 25, 2019
R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest 9th-12th State fiction & poetry February 1, 2019
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, 2019
Engineer Girl 3rd-12th National short story

February 1, 2019

Black Heritage Creative Contest K-12th State essay & poetry February 11, 2019
Promising Young Writers (NCTE) 8th State various February 15, 2019
Achievement Awards in Writing (NCTE) 11th State various February 15, 2019
Vocabulary Video* Ages 13-19 International video February 18, 2019
English Jueju K-12; adults State poetry March 1, 2019
Scope's Write-a-Story Contest 5th-10th National short story March 1, 2019
Sejong Cultural Society K-12; adults National poetry (sijo) & literary analysis essay March 31, 2019
Podcast (NPR) 5th-12th National podcast March 31, 2019
Editorial* Ages 13-19 International editorial April 1, 2019
Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest PK-12th; adults National bad sentence April 15, 2019
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 15, 2019

Ayn Rand

8th-12th

National

essay

April 25, 2019

Found Poetry* Ages 13-19 International found poetry May 6, 2019
Podcast* Ages 13-19 International podcast May 20, 2019
Summer Reading* Ages 13-19 International essay August 23, 2019
*The Learning Network from The New York Times
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Last updated on March 18, 2019