Student Writing and Art Contests

Posted October 18, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

Fall 2013 Writing Contests
Essay: October 31, 2013
Poetry: December 5, 2013

The deadline for the Creative Communication essay contest has been extended to October 31, 2013, for the essay contest.  The deadline is December 5, 2013 for the poetry contest. Entries may be submitted online at the Creative Communication website or by mail. Each student in grades K-12 may submit one poem, a maximum of 21 lines of text on any topic. Each student in grades 4-12 may submit one non-fiction essay from 100-250 words on any topic. Full information is at


Creative Communication has also started an art competition with a publication deadline of October 24, 2013. Click here to learn more.

Competition for Young Artists with Disabilities

Posted April 27, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

alyyahVSA Arts sponsors an art contest that is open to artists between the ages of 16 and 25 who are living in the United States and who have a physical, cognitive, mental, or sensory disability. Submissions must be original work completed within the last three years and after the onset of disability. Eligible media include, but are not limited to, paintings and drawings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, or charcoal), fine art prints, photography, computer-generated prints, digital art, and time-based media (video, film). Work must have a visual component. Both representational and abstract work are welcomed.

Deadline: June 19, 2009

For additional information please visit the VSA website.

Writing Contest for Kids: River of Words

Posted February 5, 2008 & filed under Notebook.


River of Words sponsors an environmental writing contest each year. Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition. Your entry should be either art or poetry that addresses the topic of watersheds. If you’d like to enter the contest, make sure your envelope is postmarked and mailed by Feb. 15, 2008. Here’s the address:

River of Words
PO Box 4000-J
Berkeley, CA 94704

There is no fee to enter this contest, and the winners will be published. Before sending in your submission, make sure you read the rules and print out the application form from the River of Words website.

(art = “Two Ducks in the Rain” by Erin Tilley, age 6)