Summer Writing Contest: Enter Today!

Posted July 11, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

FlyerNeed a summer project? Here is an announcement from Creative Communication, which sponsors writing contests three times a year for K-12 students:

Taylor Swift entered our contest when she was in the 5th grade and her entry was selected as a national Top Ten winner.  If you are a student and have a poem or essay you wrote in class, or want to write a new one, you won’t have the opportunity to be published or win a prize if you don’t enter. The next essay contest deadline is July 16, 2013 and the next poetry contest deadline is August 15, 2013. You can go to for contest rules and to enter online.”

PBS Writing Contest for Children K-3

Posted March 12, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

2013 HoustonPBS Writers Contest

Want a fun writing activity to do over spring break?  Help your K-3 child enter the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writing Contest!

Children write and illustrate their own stories and then enter them for a chance to win cool prizes.  First place finishers will go on to represent Houston in the national contest.

Entry deadline is Monday, March 18, 2013.  To enter, visit the PBS contest site for an official entry form and rules.  Or, pick up a copy from your local public library.

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:

The Exquisite Prompt

Posted January 5, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

There’s a cool new writing contest for kids that you might want to know about. The Exquisite Prompt is a monthly writing challenge sponsored by Reading Rockets and   Judges for the contest include famous authors such as Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka.  Teachers, the prompts are also designed as classroom activities for grades K-12.

Visit the website to learn more about the prompts and the rules of these fun monthly challenges.

The Nation Student Writing Contest 2009

Posted May 26, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

The Nation Student Writing Contest 2009 is currently accepting submissions. Sponsored by the BIL Charitable Trust, this 431691753_f47bb3f93ccontest seeks to recognize and reward the best in student writing and thinking.

Contest organizers are looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to answer this question: How has the recession affected you, your family or someone you know? Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.

The Nation will select five finalists and two winners–one from college, one from high school. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a Nation subscription. The winning essays will be published and/or excerpted in the magazine and featured on our website. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and subscriptions, and their entries will be published online. Entries (only one per student) will be accepted through May 31, 2009. A winner will be announced by September 15.

The contest is open to all matriculating high school students and undergraduates at American schools, colleges and universities as well as those receiving either high school or college degrees in 2009. Submissions must be original, unpublished work (the writing can have been published in a student publication). Each entrant is limited to one submission. Entries will be accepted through May 31, 2009. A winner will be announced by September 15,202009.

Submissions can be e-mailed to:
studentprize(at) (replace (at) with @).

Please include the essay in the body of the e-mail. All e-mailed submissions will be acknowledged. Each entry must include author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail and short biography and school affiliation – and say “student essay” in the subject line.

Writing Contest for New Jersey Students

Posted November 28, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

typewriter-by-boz-lynn-via-flickr contest

The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English invites submissions to its 2009 High School Writing Contest, “Celebrating the Voices of New Jersey.”   The contest is open to New Jersey students in grades 9-12. The submission deadline is December 15, 2008.

Students are invited to submit to the following contest categories:

Poetry (one poem)

Short Story (10-page max.)

Personal essay (5-page max.)

Personal essays must respond to the prompt: Where do you live?  Contest administrators offer this advice: Use descriptive language to give the reader a virtual experience of your world.  As you do this, let us hear your voice.  Share the thoughts, feelings, questions and concerns that arise out of your view of the world around you.  Bring your space – your town, your school, your home, your room, your web – to life for your reader.

Additional information about the contest (including a flyer and entry form) available at this site.

[art by boz lynn via flickr]

Publishing Op: The Atlantic Monthly

Posted September 25, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

The Atlantic Monthly invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays for its 2008 Student Writing Contest.

Categories: Poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays.

Prizes: First $1,000 | Second: $500 | Third: $250
and one-year subscriptions to The Atlantic Monthly for seven runners-up in each category.


ENTRANTS must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting U.S. institution. Submissions should be original, unpublished work (they may have appeared in student periodicals) demonstrating superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.

SUBMISSIONS should not exceed three poems or 7,500 words of prose. No entrant may send more than one submission per category, and entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2008.

MANUSCRIPTS should be typewritten (one side only, please) double-spaced, and accompanied by a cover sheet with the following information: title, category, word count, author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), and academic institution. Of this information, only the title should appear on the manuscript itself.

PLEASE PROVIDE a stamped, self-addressed postcard for acknowledgement of receipt. We cannot provide information on the status of a manuscript until winners are announced, in the May 2009 issue. Winners will receive notification in March 2009.


Student Writing Contest
The Atlantic Monthly
The Watergate
600 New Hampshire20Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Submissions will not be accepted via e-mail or fax.

Contest for Middle and High School Writers

Posted June 25, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

What:  Contest for Young Writers Ages 10 to 18

When: Deadline is August 15, 2008

Cost: FREE — NO Entry Fee

Prizes:1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and Honorable Mentions will be selected for Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry in each category; First place winners will be published in the November Delaware Beach Life magazine.


Middle School Students, ages 10 to 13

High School Students, ages 14 to 18

* writers do not have to be Delaware residents

Contest Rules:

Each story or essay must be 1,500 words or less. Up to 3 poems per entry or 150 lines.Type the entry title on a separate cover sheet with your name, address, age you will be on June 15, 2007, name of school, home phone number and email address. Indicate whether the entry is FICTION or CREATIVE NONFICTION or POETRY and the number of words or lines.

Age category will be determined by age of author on June 15, 2008. There is no entry fee for this contest. Enter as often as you wish, but mail each entry separately.

All entries must be typed in 12-point font. They must be original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere until the winners are announced. No email entries.Submit entry via regular mail on single-sided 8-1/2 x 11 white paper. Entries will not be returned. All entries must be postmarked by August 15, 2008.Winners will be notified by September 30, 2008. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist.First-place winners in each category will be published in the November issue of Delaware Beach Life. Other submissions may be published in local newspapers. Winners’ names and story titles will appear on our website by September 30, 2008.


Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild

Young Writers Contest

PO Box 1326

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

A reading and reception will be held in November for all participants, their parents, and teachers.

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.