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.

Houston Poetry Slam: Youth Versus Adults!

Posted July 22, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

VIP v MetaCome out and support Meta-Four, a spoken-word program of WITS youth, as they engage in a battle of words with the Houston V.I.P. team.

Where: The Artery, 5401 Jackson, Houston, TX.

When: Thursday, July 25th. Doors open at 7:30 PM, and the POETRY SLAM begins at 8 PM.

Minimum donation of $7. Hosts are Robyn Adams and Lupe Mendez.

Calling All Student Writers!

Posted November 13, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Poetic Power Poetry & Essay Contest

Poetry Contest Deadline: Dec. 6

Essay Contest Deadline: Feb. 19

Students: For each contest deadline, the top ten entries in each grade division (K-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 for poetry) will receive a $25 check, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest.

Teachers: Teachers with 5 or more students who give permission for publication will receive a free copy of the anthology that includes their student writers. Teachers also can qualify to apply for one of 50 $250 grants awarded each year.

Creative Communication is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The intent of the student writing contests is to motivate creative writers. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative insights of today’s student writers. Visit their web site for more information:

Renee Duke Youth Poetry Contest

Posted November 29, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

The Renee Duke Youth Award Poetry Contest is sponsored by Poets for Human Rights and Artists in Action International.

This year’s youth poetry contest is dedicated to Renee Duke (1927-2011) mother, artist, poet, mentor and life counselor who inspired thousands of people across all walks of life.
Entries are being accepted by email until November 30, 2011


Anyone aged 17 or younger may submit up to five poems.

Poem(s) must relate to one or more of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To view public service announcements for each of the articles, visit

Poems must be in the body of email, or as PDF attachments. Email to [email protected]. Note in the subject line “Youth Award.”

Poems should be no more than one page long. Do not use colors or graphics.

Previously published poems and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Include the following information:

Poem Title
Statement that the poem is your original composition.
Statement that you give permission to publish (with rights reverting back to the poet)

First prize is $50. Winner will be awarded a certificate and poem will be published at the Poets for Human Rights web site.

Honorable Mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judge. HM’s will receive a certificate of award.

Winner and Honorable Mentions will be announced on December 10, 2011, the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For questions contact Stazja McFadyen at
<stazja(at)> (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

Contest Op: Sarah Mook Poetry Prize

Posted March 19, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

What: Sarah Mook Poetry Contest for Students

Where: P.O. Box 20 Lahaska, PA 18931

Why: To acknowledge, encourage and reward the efforts of student poets

Who: David Mook, email: davidmook (at) [Please include “Sarah Mook Poetry Contest” in subject line.]

When: the deadline is March 31, 2008

2008 Guidelines:

Prize winners will receive $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize and $25 Third Prize in each of four categories:

  • Kindergarten through Second Grade
  • Third through Fifth Grades
  • Sixth through Eighth Grades
  • Ninth through Twelfth Grades

birdy-bento-by-look-at-my-photos-via-flickr.jpgYou may enter up to three poems of any length on any subject. All poems must be typed. Your name should not appear on the poems. Include a separate cover sheet with the poem titles, your name, grade, address, and the name of your school. Also include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive results by mail. An optional donation of $5 (five dollars) in the form of check or money order payable to the “Sarah Mook Outreach Fund” would be appreciated. Donations will be given in Sarah’s Memory to the boys and girls of St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, South Dakota.Entries must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2008. Winners will be announced in May. Send entries to Sarah Mook Poetry Contest P.O. Box 20, Lahaska, PA 18931.

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)