Writing Opportunities
NEW CONTESTS AND OPPORTUNITIES are posted below!  They are listed in chronological order, with the earliest deadlines at the top.  

Name: THE FOUNTAINHEAD Essay Contest
Who May Enter: Students in grades 11 and 12
Type of Entry: Speeches and Essay
Deadline: April 25, 2019

Name: National High School Essay Contest
Who May Enter: 9-12th graders
Type of Entry: A 1,000-1,250 word essay, identify and analyze two cases—one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. In addition to identifying and analyzing the two cases, there are three questions that must also be addressed in the essay:
      1) What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring             to the table? What peace building tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or             did not work in each case? 
      2) How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?
      3) What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign              policy more broadly?
Prizes: A $2,500 prize, an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital from anywhere in the U.S. for the winner and his or her parents, and an all-expense paid educational voyage courtesy of Semester at Sea.
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Name: SEJ Awards
Who May Enter: All students who have published in ElRo Experiment, PawPrint, or any other publications open to the general public
Type of Entry: Journalistic Articles
Prizes: 1st place- $500 with a trophy and certificate   2nd place- $250 with a certificate   3rd place- a trophy and certificate 
Deadline: April 1, 2019 by 11:59 pm

Name: Write the World
Who May Enter: All students ages 13-18
Type of Entry: Personal Essay
Prizes: 1st place- $100   2nd place- $50   "Best Peer Review"- $50
Deadline: March 19, 2019

Name: The Apprentice Writer
Who may enter: All
Type of Entry: Poetry and Prose
Prizes: $200 prize award for Outstanding Writer and $50 for the runner-up
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Name: Listen to a Life Story Contest
Who may enter: 8-18 years old → includes an interview with a grandparent
Type of Entry: Interview and Essay
Prizes: $100 retail gift card and a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time
Deadline: March 22, 2019

Name: Anthem
Who may enter: All grades
Type of Entry: Essay
Prizes: 1st: $2,000, 2nd: $250 (3 winners), 3rd: $50 (5 winners), Finalist: $25 (50 winners)
Deadline: 4/25/19 for 9th and 10th graders; 4/18/19 for 11th and 12 graders

Name: Ten-Minute Play Contest
Who may enter: Juniors(11th grade)
Type of Entry: Play(1 Act)
Prizes: 1st Prize: $500, 2nd Prize: $250, 3rd Prize: $100
Deadline: March 31, 2019

Name: JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America)
Who may enter: All grades
Type of Entry: Essay
Prizes: 1st Prize: $1,000 scholarship, 2nd Prize: $500, 3rd Prize: $250
Deadline: June 3, 2019

Ongoing Contests

Write the World: competitions for young writers
An ongoing series of competitions for many genres of writing.

Places to publish your work
A nice list of publications that accept writing from teens.  Get yourself published!

Scholastic Write It
Get your name in print!  Scholastic, Inc. publishes several magazines that feature student writing in these genres: poetry, essay, short fiction, memoir, humor, and journalism.

Teen Ink
Get your name in print!  Teen Inc. accepts submissions for poetry, fiction, travel writing, and several other genres.