Writing contests for high school students (no entry fees)


Ann Arbor Library District “It’s All Write” Short Story contests -- 1,300 to 3,000 words.Submit online between Jan. 25 and March 4. http://www.aadl.org/files/Guidelines%202016.pdf

Teen Ink magazine Not exactly a contest, but submitted items are reviewed to be considered for publication. No deadlines. http://www.teenink.com/submit

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Sci Fi/Fantasy writing contest Must be sci fi or fantasy. Four deadlines: Oct. 1, Jan. 1, Mar. 31., Sept.. 30. Mail or email entries.


Ray Bradbury Writing Contest: Submission deadline April 30, 2018. More information to come.

Bennington (College) Young Writers Awards: 10th, 11th, 12th grade eligible

Poetry: a group of three poems. Poems must be typed. Each page must clearly show the author's name.

Fiction: a short story or one-act play. Short stories must be typed, double-spaced, and fewer than 1500 words. Scripts must be typed, double-spaced, and run no more than 30 minutes (playing time). Each page must clearly show the author's name.

Nonfiction: a personal or academic essay.Stories and nonfiction must be typed, double-spaced, and fewer than 1500 words. Each page must clearly show the author's name.

Deadline: November 1

See more information and submit writing at  http://www.bennington.edu/events/young-writers-awards  or call  800-833-6845 with questions.

Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition:

Persuasive travel writing for Senior Travel Expert publication. Entries should be a maximum of 750 words. Must be 16 to enter. Entries can be factual or fictional. Sept. 30 deadline. http://seniortravelexpert.com/off-beaten-track-writing-competition/ 

Short Story Competition: Philosophy Through Fiction:

Philosophy-related fiction from 1,000 - 7,500 words plus 500-word “Food for Thought” section that identifies philosophy principal in story. The deadline for this competition is February 1, 2017. The winning story will appear in the following issue of Sci Phi Journal.


Social Studies/Government Writing Contests

JFK Profiles in Courage

700-1,000-word research essay using evidence and citations. Prompt provided.Sponsored by the JFK Presidential Library. Deadline: Jan. 4 2017


Illinois American Legion Americanism Essay

Due first Tuesday in February. See Literacy Center for details.

Chicago Tribune/ADL Art and Essay contest: 7-11 graders eligible

Our First Amendment Freedoms.. Prompt: Describe or portray how one or more of the five freedoms in the First Amendment personally affects your daily life. Essay 2-page limit. Deadline June 30.




Students in grades 9-12 invited to submit essays on genetics topics. Sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics. Deadline Mar. 10. Prompt and examples provided.