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Workshops for young writers
Champlain College Young Vermont Writers Conference: Held on Memorial Day weekend, this conference for high school writers has an application deadline of APRIL 1. This is an excellent, fun program. Contact: Lesley Wright, Young Vermont Writers’ Conference, Champlain College, 163 South Willard St., Burlington, Vt., 05402-0670. Phone: 802.247-5920. Fax: 802.247-5920. E-mail. For more on this great program, click here.
National contests and opportunities for young writers:
What Kids Can Do Speech Contest 2009: Crisis and Hope. Write the graduation speech you would like to give. Open to all kids aged 12-19. You don't have to be graduating to enter. Deadline: May 18, 2009. Details at:
The Writing Conference, Inc:
Students may submit a poem, narrative, or essay. Check the website for guidelines and submission dates.
The Claremont Review:
This high-quality literary magazine publishes teenage writers ages 13-19. See the website for both regular submission information and contest guidelines.
Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Awards:
Sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis and open to high school juniors and seniors.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards:
A prestigious, annual writing and visual arts competition. It is open to 7th through 12th grade students.
Princeton University Poetry Prize:
Open to high school juniors only.
Push Writing Contests:
Open to students in 7th through 12th grade only. Contests have varied over the years from poetry to novel writing.
A monthly print magazine and website that publishes fiction and poetry and offers a variety of contests.
Fresh! Literary Magazine Teens Contest:
For writers 10-16 years old.
Links to writing contests for students and places that publish student writing:
Mrs. Farnum's Site:
A website with links to a variety of contests and places where young writers work can be submitted.
List of links to literary magazines:
This website has links to a number of top literary magazines in the country. Though they do not specialize in teen or young writing contests, the magazines might be of interest to aspiring writers.
Link to a listing of contests to avoid: