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Writing Contests and Publications

This LibGuide provides a listing of opportunities for students to submit their writing for publication and/or to contests.


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September DEADLINE

Submissions are now closed for this year's Bennington Young Writers Awards. First- and second-place winning entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction will be posted here after April 15.


YoungArts provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing.


Monet's palette. Fine Art. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 12 August 2013

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Deadlines range from December 15 – January 15 and vary by region.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.  

International Students  Students in Canada, a U.S. territory or a U.S. school abroad, regardless of national citizenship, may submit work to the Awards. Foreign exchange students who are temporarily residing in the U.S. may also participate.



PENCILS. Photography. Encyclopedia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 12 August 2013


SILHOUETTE OF JOHN F. KENNEDY. Photography.Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 12 Aug 2013.

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. The winner of the competitive annual contest is awarded a $10,000 prize and is invited to accept the award at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.