Writing Resources Contests & Publishing

Writing publishing opportunities and contests for students abound nearly all year long. Take a look below at some of the many approaching opportunities. It's worth noting that not only can you sometimes win monetary prizes, but you can also gain priceless recognition from the contest sponsors, your classmates and teachers, family and the community at large. And then there's the published piece: reading your work on-line or in print could be the launch of your writing ambitions.

For more information and writing support, contact Jeanne Sturges in the Writing Center or email her at [email protected].


"You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will."
― Stephen King, On Writing

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Sampling of Opportunities

Arisia Student Writers' Contest Are you inspired by fantastic other worlds? Science fiction? Could you be another Margaret Atwood or Ray Bradbury? Then you should send a story to the Arisia 2014 Student Writers' Contest. This year's suggested theme is cross-culturalism and the contest is open to all students 13 to 18 residing in New England. First prize is $250 with membership to attend the Arisia convention in Boston in January.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students

In 1957, John F. Kennedy portrayed eight U.S. elected officials who demonstrated political courage, risking their careers to support their communities and the country. You can continue the tradition of Profiles In Courage by writing an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. The first-place winner will receive $5000 in cash, $5000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan, and recognition at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston. The second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award and up to five finalists can each win $500 in cash. For more information on this prestigious award, see

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Teens are invited to break boundaries and make waves with their creative talents by submitting their original work to the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to gain opportunities for exhibition, publication, scholarships and more. The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, is now open to students in grades 7-12. To apply, contact Jeanne Sturges ([email protected]) in the Writing Center.

The National Playwriting Competition Have you written a play? Started a play? Thought about writing a play? Do it! (There are tips and exercises you can use to help you write your play here.) Young Playwrights Inc. wants to hear your voice, and share it with others. Enter The National Playwriting Competition and your play will be read and evaluated in writing by a theater professional. Selected writers will also be invited to New York, expenses paid, for our Young Playwrights Conference to work with some of this country's most exciting professional theater artists, and to hear their plays read in our Off-Broadway Readings Series.

Write the World Join a global community of young writers. Enter monthly writing contests for the chance to win prize money.

NCTE Achievement in Writing Award The National Council of Teachers of English publicly recognizes some of the best student writers in the nation. Only students who are JUNIORS in the current academic year may be nominated for awards by their teachers. Let your English teacher know if you want to be nominated!

The Voice of Democracy is a scholarship program sponsored by the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
This wildly engaging contest turns you into a novelist in 30 short days. In this National Novel Writing Month program, you accept the challenge to complete a novel between Nov. 1 and 30. You choose their word count at the beginning, write your novel in a notebook or offline word-processing program, and then update your word count online throughout the month.

FRA Essay Contest
Join other students across the nation in expressing your ideas about the first Ten Amendments to the United States Constitution by submitting an essay of 350 words or fewer on the subject of "The Bill of Rights and Me." The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), representing the enlisted members of the United States Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, sponsors this essay contest whose national prize is $5,000. Additional prizes are $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third.