2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers The University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program’s 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words… Read more »

Who: The Poetry Society of America What: The Louise Louis / Emily F. Bourne Student Award When: Entries must be postmarked by December 22, 2016 Why: The winner will receive $250 and recognition by the Poetry Society of America About the Award Endowed under the wills of Louise Louis Whitbread and Ruth M. Bourne, this… Read more »

The outside of the house has bright red bricks and dark green tiles on the roof. Her path to the front door is so pretty. It has all kinds of rocks that are yellow and orange. Her front porch has a long swing where at least three people can fit. Her swing is hard as… Read more »

Soapbox Youth Nonfiction Slam Date: December 3, 2016 Time: 2pm Location: Morris Frank Library | 10103 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77035 Join the WITS Youth Advisory Council on Saturday, December 3rd, at 2pm at the Morris Frank Library for the Soapbox Nonfiction Slam. This event is free and open to youth ages 13-19. Bring your… Read more »

Entries for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are due soon. In years past, these prestigious awards have gone to recipients including Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Ken Burns, Stephen King, and Sylvia Plath. Check out their website to find the specifics for your city or region.

Call for submissions from teen writers in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico! Who: Voices, a regional arts and literary journal published annually by students and faculty at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. What: Imaginative, original works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, and drama from high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in Texas, Oklahoma,… Read more »

  I’m thankful for the sunshine and for food. I’m thankful for warm weather, for clouds and for leaves. But! I don’t like getting shots, I don’t like cheese, And I Hate frogs!   by Delila, 1st grade

Introducing Houston’s New Youth Poet Laureate Fareena Arefeen, 17, is Houston’s new Youth Poet Laureate. Fareena, a student at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), was chosen amongst dozens of talented Houston teens to share her insightful voice and creative spirit with the City of Houston. Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate is… Read more »

When I’m old enough to vote, I’m going to vote with my feet, my head, my heart, my voice, my thoughts, my dreams. I’m going to vote like I mean it.   By Ni’cole, 4th grade

#NaNoWriMo sounds like nonsense, right? But it’s a real thing — November is National Novel Writing Month — and there’s a version of the project retooled especially for young writers and their teachers. You can think of NaNoWriMo as a boot camp to help writers at any level produce a first draft of a novel… Read more »

Oppression is a steaming kettle pot in an endless black hole. The steaming kettle pot holds pressure just like a human holds the pressure of oppression. Oppression is a steaming kettle pot in an endless black hole until you decide to let it go. The streaming kettle pot will have no more pressure to hold… Read more »

The lamp light sounds like jazz. Purple feels like soft lavender. The future tastes like sweet honey. Moonlight smells like deodorant. A bee’s buzz is the color yellow. Pop music is the color baby pink mixed with baby blue and purple. A viola’s sound tastes like a chocolate strawberry. The sun tastes like sour lemon… Read more »

(Inspired by the Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas)  The forest air smells like sweet pine trees. I walk through the forest, looking at the cloudy sky. The wind pushes me to the right, then to the left. It tosses me for a while; then stops and drops me into a wet,… Read more »

We hope you can join us as we announce the new Houston Youth Poet Laureate at the Writers in the Schools Gala on Thursday, November 10th, 6pm at The Astorian. Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Houston Public Library, in partnership with the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), and with… Read more »

  Writers in the Schools student, Regional and Houston Youth Poet Laureate, Andrew White, was invited to the White House last week to meet with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Students performed poetry in the State Dining Room and met with First Lady Michele Obama, and nationally-acclaimed poets, Q-Tip, and Elizabeth… Read more »

WITS is a presenting sponsor at the Houston Arts Partners Conference on Friday, September 9th and Saturday the 10th! Stop by our booth for some fun WITS swag and more information about our programs. We will also host 2 panels and our very own Meta-Four youth performance poetry team will give a special performance at Friday’s… Read more »

WITS 4th Grader, Lila, has started a petition for Bag-Free Bayous! We are so proud that one of our students is dedicating her time and energy to bettering the quality of life for all Houstonians and cleaning up our waterways. “Every year, about 300 million pounds of plastic are produced, but only 10 percent is recycled.[1]… Read more »

Calling all poets,writers, spoken word artists, and emcees! Here is your opportunity to represent Houston as Youth Poet Laureate. The Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and activists in our community who are dedicated to civic engagement through poetry and performance. This program is open to youth ages 14-19 in Houston, Texas… Read more »

BIG NEWS! WITS and Histrionix Learning Company have submitted a proposal to SXSWedu PanelPicker and YOU have a chance to help us spread the word about Digital Storytelling! Just click on the link below, login or sign up with facebook and VOTE!   Vote for WITS now! >>

by WITS Writer, Lesa Boutin   I’m not a gamer, but when I heard about WITS Digital I wanted in. As a fiction writer, the idea of creating the story behind a video game intrigued me. I admit to having a certain mindset when it came to gaming. I thought it a solitary experience, which writing… Read more »