Writing contests for school students

Students who have an interest to write can submit their articles in these forums to get recognized for their writing skills.

The pandemic has pushed many of us to introspect our life choices and decisions! Some have turned towards writing as a way to express themselves, and others seem to take it up as a profession! To budding writers in middle/high school, the below options are good forums to publish your work and get recognized! Some of them award cash prizes, certificates and even scholarships!

The Scholastic writing awardsArt, Science fiction & fantasySeptember
Youngarts National arts competitionCreative non-fiction, poetry, short story, novel, play/script, October
JFK Profile in courage essay contest700-1000 word essaySep to Jan
Bennington young writers awardsPoetry(3 poems), fiction (short story or one-act play), non-fiction (personal or academic essay)Sep to Nov
Princeton 10-minute play contest10 page play-scripts (only for 11th graders)March
Nancy Thorp poetry contestYoung women poets, Open to sophomores or juniors in high schoolOctober
Patricia Grodd poetry for young writersOpen to high school sophomores and juniorsNovember
Jane Austen essay contest6-8 page essay on Jane Austen novelsJune 1st
We the Students Essay contestStudents 14-19 years old are eligible April 15th
Engineer Girl Annual essay contestGirls interested in engineering careers, grade wise essay word limit February
NCTE Student writing awards8th grade and high school studentsFeb 15 to July 31st

The above provides forums for students to exhibit their writing skills in their area of interest – be it in arts, science, fiction, story writing, screen plays, poetry, journalism, engineering, English, History, constitution and democracy!

Start writing to express yourself, you will soon become an inspiration to many!

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