Contests and workshops

Compiled by Amanda Anderson

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.

Teen Ink:
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:

why do we need to avoid :

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I am going to rephrase the heading on that link. What it is, actually, is a great list of contests you should avoid because they are either scams or something called "vanity" press where you end up paying to have your work "published."

geoff gevalt

ywp farmhand & general instigator

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Interlochen's $30K Creative Writing Scholarship Competition

First Prize: $30,000 Creative Writing Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy and publication in the 2010 Interlochen Review

Eligibility: Any student in grades 8-11 during the 2008-09 academic year.

Entry Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by January 10, 2009. No entry fee.

Visit for submission guidelines.

Good Luck!