Humane Education Network Essay Contest House

Sofia Prado

Dog Advocate & Shelter Owner

In high school, Sofia Prado founded Huaperros, a shelter and clinic in Monterrey Mexico, for stray and companion animals specializing in dogs. Sofia has helped 144 animals including 110 dogs who have been adopted, rehomed, vaccinated, spayed and neutered, or returned to their owners; she also created an educational handbook to empower students to help animals which she distributed widely in her community.

Sofia has been involved in numerous campaigns around Mexico to address overpopulation and animal neglect. She ran a free spaying and neutering campaign with Fundacion Luca where 55 dogs and 11 cats were sterilized and co-organized the first "Adoption Expo" in Monterrey for dog adoption, fundraising, and public education. Sofia was chosen to participate in "Pedigree Adoptame," the Mexican version of the Pedigree Adoption Drive, as one of 32 shelter owners from around Mexico. Sofia plans to expand her efforts and continue to have an immense impact for animals.

Winner: 2009 Best Personal Activist: Huaperros Essay

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Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website. This is an ad-free page; publications and contests listed here have not paid to be included. This page is maintained by Editor Denise Hill, a teacher who loves to encourage young writers.

A Note to Young Writers: Publications expect you to read their publications to know what kinds of work they publish. Take time to become familiar by reading their content online or requesting a sample copy. DO NOT just send your work without having read the publication. It's a mistake too often made by many writers, and it annoys the publisher. Do not annoy publishers.

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This literary and art journal from the Manatee County Public Library System showcases debut and emerging writers, poets, and artists in their quarterly, online journal. Teens 13-19 are invited to submit writing and art for an annual teen issue published each spring.

Adroit Journal

A  literary magazine run entirely by high school and college students. Adroint publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, art/photography, and cross-genre works with separate submissions for "adults" and those "under the age of 21."

Alexandria Quarterly

An online publication of art and literature, Alexandria Quarterly  includes an Emerging Artists & Writers series to promote the work in any genre or medium of creative people ages 13 to 17 years old.

Allegheny Review

Only accepts submissions from currently enrolled undergraduates (which could include dual-enrolled high school students). This will link to their temporary web site - their way-cool site crashed. Stay tuned for updates.

Amazing Kids eZine

Writers ages 5-17 may submit poetry, stories, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, essays, articles, etc. Both fiction and non-fiction are welcome.

Apprehension Magazine

An online quarterly publishing modern and experimental works from writers 14-21 years old.

The Apprentice Writer

Published by the Susquehanna University Writers Institute, this annual publication features fiction, memoir, personal essay, photography and poetry by US high school students in grades 9-12.

BALLOONS Lit. Journal

An independent biannual online literary journal of poetry, fiction and art primarily for young readers from around 12 years onwards, accepting submissions from people anywhere in the world and in all walks of life.


Youth submissions accepted from around the globe from all ages, with different genres and length requirements depending on age of contributor. Readers can find short stories, comics, games, craft & art projects, jokes, riddles, sports reporting, articles on pets, recipes, personal achievements and community service projects, poetry, letters, true stories and much more!

Blue Marble Review

An online quarterly of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography, and art. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis from writers ages 13-21 years old.

The Blue Pencil Online

Edited and produced by the students in the Writing & Publishing Program at Walnut Hill, The Blue Pencil Online publishes verse, short fiction, and playwriting in English by young writers (ages 12-18) around the world.

The Blue Route

An online magazine of undergraduate fiction and poetry, published biannually by Windener University.

Body Without Organs

An online quarterly publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork by contributors ages 13-18 years old.


Publishing fiction, poetry, plays, creative nonfiction, video poems, audio poems and cross-genre works by 13-18-year-olds as well as artwork.

Capulet Magazine

An online publication of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art highlighting the work of young women writers and artists of all levels. Capulet Mag empowers young women to share their creativity with Juliets everywhere. This magazine is a safe place for young women to express themselves however they wish.

The Caterpillar

The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth, a magazine of poems and stories and art for grown-ups. The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too (so watch out they don't snitch your copy). It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒ and is jam-packed full of new artworks and 'wordworks'.

Catfish Creek

Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction journal from Loras College. Any student currently registered in an undergraduate program is eligible to submit writing.


Young Voices is a section of Chautauqua that celebrates young writers aged 12 to 18. Essays, fiction, and poetry should be submitted by a teacher, mentor, or parent. Submissions are accepted Feb 15 - Apr 15 and Aug 15 - Nov 15. Each issue has a theme which writers are asked to consider.

Claremont Review

A magazine showcasing inspiring young adult writers ages 13-19.

The Concord Review

For exemplary history essays written by high school students.


Crashtest publishes poetry, stories and creative non-fiction in the form of personal essays, imaginative investigation, experimental interviews, etc., high school teens grades 9-12.

The Crawl Space

The Crawl Space publishes short forms: poems, prose (including novel excerpts), and flash fiction, for readers mainly between the ages of 11 and 14. The "Young Reader Flashlight" page features writing from authors 13-17 years old.

Cricket Media

Cricket Media publishes a number a magazine for children: Babybug Magazine for 6mo-3yrs; for ages 3-6: Ladybug Magazine and Click Magazine; for ages 6-9: Spider Magazine and Ask Magazine; for ages 9-14: Dig Into History Magazine, Faces Magazine, Muse Magazine, Cobblestone Magazine, and Cricket Magazine; and Cicada Magazine for ages 14+. Cricket Magazine was one I read when I was young, and it's great to see this publishing company has stayed around and now publishes so many different magazines for readers of different ages and interests.

Curieux Academic Journal

Curieux is a multidisciplinary academic journal which publishes work of all kind (essay, paper, proof, etc.) by high school students on any academic topic; "from economics to statistics to ornithology, we will seriously consider the merits of any work."

Cuckoo Review

An online literary publication of poetry, short fiction, rants, reviews, interviews, and more. Open to submissions from youth under 19 years, with no restrictions on genre or format.

The Daphne Review

An online biannual publication of written submissions of all kinds (essay, interview, poetry, short plays, etc.) and artistic submissions in any media from youth 13-18 years old.

The Élan Literary Magazine

A student run magazine in Jacksonville, FL through Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts. Accepting original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and plays from writers 14- to 18-years-old. Two online editions and one print edition per year. All entries are considered for their biannual contest.

Forest for the Trees

This online journal accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and cover art. The editors accept submissions online from writers ages 13-19, with some young adult pieces by adult authors considered.

Fountain of Youth Productions

Writing a script? Want to have your screenplay turned into a movie? FYP is open to scripts of 5-15 pages in length (5-15 minutes) written by youth 17 and younger. Please no special effects, fantasy/magic, extreme violence, or inappropriate content. Main characters should be under 18.

Girls Right the World

Edited by students and a faculty advisor from Miss Hall’s School in Massachusetts, Girls Right the World is an international literary journal advocating for young, female-identified writers, accepting submissions from writers 14 years and older.

Green Blotter

The literary magazine of Lebanon Valley College features fiction, poetry, photography, and other visual art by undergraduates. Submissions accepted November 1 through February 28. Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Guardian Angel Kids

A children's Ezine designed for healthy and safe entertainment for children. Includes stories, poetry, video, audio, games, free coloring pages, and more. Submissions accepted from young writers and artists up to 12 years old.

Hanging Loose Press

Hanging Loose welcomes high school submissions. "We feel a special responsibility to those young writers who look to us not only for possible publication but sometimes also for editorial advice, which we are always happy to give when asked. Our work as editors is of course time-consuming, but we feel a strong commitment to give as much time and attention as possible to the work we receive from high school age writers."

Hot Dish Magazine

Edited by undergraduate students from various disciplines at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Hot Dish is published annually and takes submissions for short fiction, poetry, and the "Hot Dish Challenge" from students (grades 9-12) who are attending high school in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI).

Imagine Magazine

Written for gifted students in grades 7-12, Imagine features career profiles, student-written articles about competitions and summer programs, advice for college planning, brain teasers, college reviews, student creative work, and more.

The Interlochen Review

Edited and produced every spring by students in Interlochen Arts Academy’s Literary Publications class, The Interlochen Review showcases work from Creative Writing, Motion Picture Arts, and Visual Arts majors at Interlochen, alongside the work of high school writers and artists around the world.


This online publication features new short fiction and poetry for teens (ages 14-17) with an LGBTQAI theme. (Best viewed in Chrome or IE.)


Created by and for eleven to fifteen year olds, which empowers kids to explore the deeper side of life in a spirit of openness. KidSpirit is an unaffiliated spiritual magazine for young people of all backgrounds who like to think about "the meaning of life and the big questions that affect us all."

Launch Pad

A bimonthly magazine dedicated to publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork written and created by children ages 6-12.

Lip Magazine

Articles, essays, short stories, poetry, reviews and artwork on a variety of topics relevant to 14-25 year old females.

The Little Fresh Zine

An online publication showcasint poetry and art by contributors age 25 or younger who live in, attend school in, or who have another significant tie to New London County in Southeastern Connecticut.

The Louisville Review

"The Children's Corner" accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12. Seeks writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings. Honest emotion and original imagery are more important to a poem than rhyming and big topics—such as life, moralizing, and other abstractions. Parental signature must accompany submissions.

Lunch Ticket

The online literary and art journal published by Antioch University MFA program, which is devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. Includes a section in each issue: Wrting for Young People (13+). Note: These are generally written by adults for young readers, but young writers may also submit to the publication.

Magic Dragon

A quarterly publication, presents writing and art created by children in the elementary school grades in a magazine of quality four-color printing and graphic display.

Merlyn’s Pen

Accepts works of fiction and nonfiction on topics related to pop culture, media, advertising, and their impact on the lives of teens.

Moledro Magazine

An online quarterly run by high school students, publishing poetry and fiction from high school (13+) and college students. Includes a monthly Teen Poet series for which teen writers may submit works.


"The magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing," published by the same folks as Cricket magazine, for kids 9-14. Muserology Cafe accepts written works from young writers for online publication.

Native Youth Magazine

Native youth between the ages of 12 and 25 are encouraged to submit articles, poetry, profiles, photos and illustrations. Submissions from adults are also welcome.

Navigating the Maze

A teen annual anthology featuring poetry and artwork of high school students from around the world. Submissions accepted year round. Deadline for each year's edition is the first Friday of March.

New Moon

Uniquely created by girls 8-14, contains fiction, poetry, artwork, science, articles about the lives of girls and women around the globe.

Ninth Letter Web Edition

Ninth Letter web edition is dedicated poetry and fiction by graduate and undergraduate creative writing students across the country.

The Noisy Island

The Noisy Island publishes work by high-school age writers in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and music. The editors define "high-school age" as current high school freshmen through current college freshmen.

One Teen Story

A monthly publication from the editors of One Story. This publication features teen writers and is available in print as well as via Kindle and other e-reading devices.


Parallax is high school student-edited literary magazine of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, songs, book reviews and author interviews. Edited by the Creative Writing Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the magazine accepts submissions from high school students worldwide.

Parallel Ink

An international online literary and art publication for and by students from 12-18 years old. Seeks creative and critical work that can be represented in digital forms: poetry, music, art of any medium, narratives, essays, book/song/movie reviews, multimedia, etc. Their staff is comprised of over twenty teen editors, translators, illustrators, and technology assistants around the world.


A regional journal, focused only on Georgia writers who are of high school age or who are freshman or sophomores in Georgia colleges.

Poet Grow-Op

For Canadian secondary school writers. Sponsored by The Antigonish Review.


The undergraduate journal of arts and literature of Ohio Northern University is now accepts submissions for poetry, fiction, visual art, and nonfiction only from undergraduate students worldwide.

Polyphony H.S.

An international student-run literary magazine for high-school-aged writers and readers of all ages. Submissions of fiction, poetry, and essay are accepted through May 31 of each year for that annual's volume. The publication's website provides wonderful advice on how to prepare submissions and explains the editorial cycle used by Polyphone H.S.

Prairie Margins

Prairie Margins is an undergraduate publication at Bowling Green State University. Reading dates are between September and December. Accepts submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


Released each December, this anthology encourages young poets to continue writing and reading poetry. Contributors must be age 15 or younger when the poems were written. Submissions are accepted by email from a parent/guardian only. Deadline: June 15.


An online publication for young people to engage emotionally and intuitively with all forms of art. Based out of Wesleyan University, Reverberations hopes to share the stories of young people all over the world. Reverberations is currently seeking regular student contributors as well as submissions of essays, reviews, and dialogues.

Ricochet Review

A print annual of poetry and translations of poetry edited by students and faculty at Chicago's Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center. Accepts submissions in separate categories for high school students, college students, and non-students. RR has a unique mentorship program for high school writers who submit their poetry and want to work with an established poet to receive feedback. See the publication submissions page for specific details.


Founded in 2011 by Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson, Rookie publishes writing "of all kinds," photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers all over the world. Submissions are open year round.

The Round

A literary and visual arts magazine based at Brown University in Providence, RI, The Round accepts all written and visual work from all ages. The magazine is published once each semester for free both online and in print. Our contributors receive three contributors' copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Seshat Magazine

This literary journal is dedicated to mostly young writers who are homeschooled or have been homeschooled in the past. However, all ages (13+) are encouraged to submit to this journal. Literary fiction, speculative fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, are all welcome here.

Skipping Stones

An international publication for readers 8-16 that celebrates ecological and cultural diversity and facilitates a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences by publishing essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, etc.

Smith Magazine

Creators of the Six-Word Memoir Project, Smith has a space just for teen writers to explore storytelling through condensed personal narrative.


An online literary journal publishing social commentary poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and media works by contributors 13-22 years old. Their focus is on real world social issues that demonstrate an awareness of the world from a variety of youth perspectives - bold, raw, and unafraid.

Stinkwaves Magazine

Stinkwaves publishes short stories in the vein Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Magic Finger, The Enormous Crocodile, The Twit; poetry along the lines of Shel Silverstein; and illustrations, for which the editors say they have a strange fascination for cartoon zombies and the beautifully bizarre.

Stone Soup

Founded in 1973, Stone Soup is a literary print magazine, published bi-monthly for 12,000 subscribers worldwide. Each 48-page issue features quality stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork by 8- to 13-year-olds, selected from hundreds of submissions. Authors and artists are paid for their work.

Story Share

Story Share is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills. Their collaborative digital literacy hub provides relevant and readable content for students who read below grade level beyond elementary school.

Sugar Rascals

A bi-annual, Canada-based teen literary magazine that accepts poetry, short stories, and art from young authors 13-19 years old.

The Susquehanna Review

Susquehanna University's nationally distributed student-run annual literary magazine contains original fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by undergraduate writers currently attending an accredited university in the United States.

Teen Ink

Publishing categories: Art; Poetry; Fiction; Sports; Opinion; Community Service; Nonfiction (including Pride and Prejudice, Travel and Culture, Environment, You and Your Health, What Matters, Heroes, Cars, Jobs and Money); Reviews (books, movies, music, colleges, TV, web sites, video games, summer programs); College Essays and Articles; and Interviews. For ages 13-19.

Teen Voices

A component of Women's eNews, this online global news source publishes journalism and first-person narratives by young women 13-19 years old. The publication is produced by female-identified teens to "highlight the realities facing girls all over the world today."

Teenage Wasteland Review

Poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by and for teens ages 13-19 years. All submissions are considered for the Muriel Avellaneda Prize for Young Writers, which awards $100 in addition to publication. NOTE: The publication is on a break until Fall 2017.


Info and features about teens' favorite authors, books, series and characters. Part of The Book Report Network, a group of websites founded in 1996 that share book reviews, features,  author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the new releases, literary games and contests.

The Telling Room

"Dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers," this web site publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and multimedia by young writers 6-18 years old.


This online site publishes art, writing, music, film, photography, mixed and new genre from "young and fresh people." The publication seeks works specifically from high school age artists, but will consider any age so long as the content is geared toward their audience.


This occasional column reveals secrets of teen culture to the adults who care regarding books, information, entertainment, media, and identity.

Whitefish Review

This print journal of literature, art, and photography launches promising writers and artists. Every issue features a previously unpublished writer or artist chosen by the editors, as part of their mission to discover and nurture budding talent. Often these writers and artists are featured in events alongside famous literary and art figures. There is no submission fee for high school age and younger.

Word Smorgasbord

On online literary zine publishing original poetry, nonfiction, and flash fiction of young writers in elementary, middle, high school and college. Accpets work through open submissions periods as well as through a contest with Write On! (See contest entry under the month of August below.)

Write On! For Literacy

Write On! For Literacy encourages kids to discover confidence, joy, self-expression and connection with others through reading and writing.

Write the World

A resource for young writers and teachers. WTW provides prompts and contests, places for young writers to submit and respond to each others writing, and the opportunity for older writers to become reviewers and mentors for young writers. A true writers community online.

The Writer’s Slate

The Writers' Slate online publishes original poetry and prose from students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It also publishes pedagogical or creative writing by teachers. Submission information can be found inside each issue.

Yaldah Magazine

A publication for Jewish girls publishing short fiction, poetry, true stories, and essays by girls ages 9-17. Writing should be of interest to Jewish girls ages 9-14. 


Young Adult Review Network is an online literary journal that publishes original short fiction, poetry, and essays for Young Adult readers (14+), written by established writers as well as new voices, including teens.

Young Voices

An online magazine of writing an visual art by teens aged 12-19, who live, work or go to school in the City of Toronto. Available free for all to read.

Young Writers Project

YWP welcomes K-12 students in Vermont and western New Hampshire to submit their written work, photos and art work for possible publication in the The Voice.

Youth Communications

Short, nonfiction stories and related lessons to help students improve their reading and writing skills, and improve the social and emotional skills that support school success.


A literary and art magazine providing college students a venue for publishing their poetry, prose, fiction and visual artwork. The magazine is distributed and produced by students at Sonoma State University in California.


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This is a select list of contests from reputable sources. There are many contests that charge fees, but for this resource, I have sought contests which mean to recognize and encourage young writers and do not charge reading or entry fees. Of those listed that do charge a fee, some provide a publication subscription in return as they are trying to gain new readers; that seems fair and the publishers are up front about it.

Please avoid contests that tell you you've won and then want you to purchase expensive copies of the book in which you have been published. These types of "scam" contests publish hundreds, even thousands of entrants and profit greatly from the book sales. These contests take advantage of young writers and inexperienced writers of all ages.

Also see the NCTE Guidelines for Contests, which is helpful for contest organizers who want to reach out to K-12 students and for teachers assessing the legitimacy of contests for their students.

Deadline Dates
(Updated regularly as contest organizers update their websites.)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Grades 7 - 12 during the current school year
Deadline: Varies by Region - Enter zip code to find deadline

Manning Trust Student Poetry Contest

National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Grades 6-12
Each participating state conducts it's own contest with deadline.
Each partiucipating state sends its top entrants to the national contest.
Click here for a list of participating states.

New York Times

Ages 13-19
Various contests with varying deadlines
Editorial Cartoon Contest, Civil Conversation Challenge, Review Contest, Year in Rap Contest, Vocabulary Video Contest, Editorial Contest, Found Poetry Contest, Summer Reading Contest

YES! Magazine

National Student Quarterly Writing Competition
Based on essay from YES! Magazine and writing prompt.
Several age categories Grade 5 - Adult Learner
Biannual deadlines set for each semester

January Deadline

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John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Grades 9 - 12
Deadline: January 4, 2018 postmark

The Writing Conference

Theme-based contest for poetry, narrative, and essay.
Grades K-12
Deadline: January 8, 2018

Embracing Our Differences

Art Exhibit and Quote Contest
For all ages
Deadline: January 9, 2018

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest
Grades 4 - 8 (Different age groups have different deadlines)
Deadline: January 12, 2018

Columbia College Chicago

Young Authors Writing Competition
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
High School Age Writers
Deadline: January 16, 2018

Hemingway Festival High School Writing Contest

University of Idaho
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Academic Essay, Poetry
Grades High School Juniors and Seniors
Deadline: January 20, 2018

Canines for Charity

Essay ("A Funny Thing Happened This Time with My Pet") and Drawing Contest
Grades K-12
Deadline: January 24, 2018

Polyphony H.S.Young Writers of Canada

Writers of All Ages Contest
Age Categories: 5-10 years; 11-18 years
Deadline: Janaury 31, 2018

February Deadline

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Gannon University

High School Poetry Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: February 1, 2018

Golden Shovel Poetry Competition

Roosevelt University
Middle/High School and Undergrad College/University Divisions
Deadline: February 1, 2018

NCTE Achievement Awards for Superior Writing

For Juniors in the current academic school year
Students must be nominated by their school's English Department
Deadline: February 1, 2018

NCTE Promising Young Writers Program

For 8th grade students in the current academic year
Students must be nominated by a school committee or department
Deadline: February 1, 2018

North Carolina Poetry Society

Student Poetry Contest
Grade 3 - College Undergraduate
North Carolina Residents Only
Deadline: February 1, 2018

Worldwide Plays Festival Competition

8-minute Play
Grades 1-12
Deadline: February 1, 2018

Harriet Beecher Stowe Student Prize

High School and College Categories
For published or publicaly presented works that have had a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society.
Deadline: February 2, 2018

Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Chapman University
Grades Middle and High School
Deadline: February 2, 2018

We the Students Essay Contest

Bill of Rights Institute
Ages 14-19
Deadline: February 5, 2018

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Davidson Institute, Reno, NV
Ages 18 and under as of Oct. 1, 2018
For completion of a significant work in STEM or Humanities categories
Deadline: February 14, 2018

Epiphany Breakout 8

Open to 2yr/4yr Accredited College Undergrads/Grads
Manuscripts: short fiction, novel excerpt, creative nonfiction, poetry
Deadline: February 15, 2018

It's All Write! Teen Writing Contest

Ann Arbor Book Festival and Ann Arbor District Library
Flash Fiction and Short Story
Grades 6-12
Deadline: January 16 - February 24, 2017
(Website says updates available on January 21, 2018.)

The Telling Room

Themed Poetry and Fiction
Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18
For Maine Residents only
Deadline: February 28, 2018

March Deadline

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Hunger Mountain

Young Adult (YA); Middle Grade (MG); Picture Book or Writing for Young Children
Deadline: March 1, 2018

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society

University of Central Florida
Middle & High School Writing Contest
Story, Poem, Essay
Deadline: March 1, 2018

Norman Mailer Student and Teacher Awards

National Council of Teachers of English
High School Creative Non-Fiction
Deadline: Will reopen March 1, 2018

OdysseyCon Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest

Speculative Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Stories or Prose Poems
Ages 18 and under
Deadline: March 1, 2018

American Society of Human Genetics

DNA Day Essay Contest
Grades 9-12
Deadline: March 9, 2018

United States Institute for Peace

High School Essay Contest
Deadline: March 15, 2018

Johns Hopkin Center for Talented Youth

Creative Minds Fiction Contest
Ages 18 and under
[Currently on hiatus. Check back 2018.]

ukiaHaiku Festival

Haiku Contest
All Ages
No Fee (except for Adult Contemporary Haiku)
Deadline: Postmark March 19, 2018
The website includes helpful guidelines for writing haiku.

Claremont Review

Annual Poetry and Fiction Contests
Ages 13-19
Deadline: Postmark March 15 (annual)
*They do charge for submission, but the fee pays for a one-year subscription to the magazine.

Young Writers of Canada

Annual Young Writers Creative Writing Contest
Ages 5-18
Deadline: March 15, 2018

Outdoor Writers Association of America

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards
Grades 6-8 or 9-12
For outdoor-oriented works.
Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Legacy Project

"Listen to a Life" Writing Contest
Ages 8-18
Deadline: March 23, 2018

The Haiku Society of America

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition
Grades 7-12
Deadline: March 25, 2018

The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge

Ages 14-18 or 19-29
Deadline: March 31, 2018

The Caterpillar

Best Poem for Children Contest
This contest is actually for adults writing for readers ages 7-11(ish).
Deadline: March 31, 2018

Lake Superior State University Short Story Prize

Genre: Historical Fiction
Open to high school age writers
Deadline: March 31, 2018

PBS Kids Go!

Writers Contest
Ages: K-3rd Grade
Deadline: Accepted January to March Annually

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize

Grades K-12
Deadline: March 31, 2018

Save the Earth Poetry Prize

The Weeden Foundation
American High School Students
Grades 11 and 12
Deadline: February 1 - March 31, 2018

April Deadline

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Writing for Peace

Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction that explores social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes 
Ages 13-19
Deadline: April 1, 2018

Princeton University

10-Minute Play Contest
Ages: 11th & 12th grade in the current school year
Deadline: April 2, 2018

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art, Video, Projects
Grades 1-12
Deadline: Postmark April 11, 2018

Signet Classics (Penguin)

Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Grades 11th and 12th & home-schooled students
Deadline: Postmark April 14, 2018; Received by April 21, 2018

The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award

The Community Foundation of Dutchess County
Eligibility: Students in grades 9 - 12
Deadline: Received by April 15 (annual)

Humane Education Network

A Voice for Animals
Essay Contest for 14-15 year olds (high school or home school)
Action Project for 16-18 year olds (high school or home school)
Video, Essay with Photo, Essay submissions accepted
Deadeline: April 30, 2018

Ray Bradbury Creative Contest

Waukegan Public Library
Elementary, Middle, High School Categories
Deadline: WPL contacted; waiting for response for 2018 contest deadline.

May Deadline

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The Geek Partnership Society

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Alternate History Fiction
Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel
Various age categories (K-Adult)
Deadline: May 1, 2018

Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center

Holocaust Writing and Art Contest
Open to grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, AK
Deadline: May 1, 2018

William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
Category for Short Story by a High School Student
Deadline: May 1, 2018

New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights

Non-musical, one-act play suitable for HS audience
Ages 19 and under
Deadline: May 1, 2018

June Deadline

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Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

State University of New York
Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year are eligible for the prize.
Deadline: June 1, 2018

Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest

Theme: Learning from Nature
Ages 25 and under
Deadline: June 15, 2018

Kay Snow Student Writing Contest

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry
Ages: Grade Categories 1-5, 6-8, 9-12, and College
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Kay Snow YA Writing Contest

Roland Smith Award for YA and Middle Grade Fiction
Written by adults for young adult or middle grade readers.
Deadline: June 15, 2017

Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Open Call for Submissions
Ages: 15 or younger
Deadline: June 15, 2018

Skipping Stones

Youth Honor Award
Writing and Art Contest
Ages: 7-17
Deadline: June 25, 2017

Mark Twain House & Museum

Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest
Ages: Adult; Youth (17 and under)
Deadline: April 1 - June 30, 2018

July Deadline

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Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

Ages: Adult; Youth (13-18); Youth (12 and under)
No fee for 12 and under.
Deadline: Postmark July 1, 2018

NCTE Excellence in Student Literary Magazines

Open to all accredited middle and secondary schools (US, CA, VI, US schools abroad)
Deadline: Entries accepted May 1 - July 1, 2018

Gigantic Sequins: Teen Sequins

Ages: 13-19 years old
Deadline: July 31, 2018

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Poetry Society
Ages 11-17
Deadline: July 31, 2017

The Lincoln Forum

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
Specific topic posted on the website.
For full-time college/university students.
Deadline: Postmark July 31, 2018

Young Writers of Canada

Annual Open All Ages Poetry Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2018

August Deadline

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Write On!

Youth Fiction and Poetry Prizes
Ages 18 and under
Deadline: August 20, 2017

International Torrance Creativity Awards

The Center for Gifted
Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Music, Inventions
Ages 8-18
Deadline: August 20, 2017

September Deadline

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The Critical Junior Poet's Award

The Critical Pass Review
Ages 13-18
Deadline: September 1, 2018

October Deadline

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Transitions Abroad Travel Contest

Student Writing Contest
Currently enrolled undergrad and grad students & recent grads.
Deadline: October 1, 2018

American Geosciences Institute

Earth Science Week Essay Contest
Theme: "Human Interaction With Earth Systems"
Ages: 6-9 grade
Deadline: October 13, 2017

Hollins University

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
For High School Sophomore and Junior Girls
Deadline: October 31, 2017

National YoungArts Foundation

Ages: 15-18
Various Arts Categories
Receive up to $10k + educational support
Deadline: October 31, 2017

November Deadline

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Bennington College

Young Writers Competition
For 10th, 11th, 12th grades
Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
Deadline: November 1, 2018

US Forest Service

"Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors"
Art, Writing, Photography, Videography, Music
Several age categories K-12th grade
Deadline: November 1 (Annual)
*Website has not been updated. I have contacted the organizers.

Lions International

Essay Contest: "The Future of Peace"
Ages: 11, 12, 13 years old on November 15, 2018
Open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines.

Young Writers of Canada

Young Writers Poetry Contest
Ages: 5-18
French & English entries accepted
Deadline: November 15, 2017 Extended to November 30, 2017

the Claremont Review

Short Forms Contest
Ages: 10-14
Deadline Extended to November 22, 2017
There is a $10 entry fee, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

The Kenyon Review
High School Sophomores and Juniors
Award: First place: Full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop and publication. Second and third place: Publication.
Deadline: November 1 - 30, 2017

NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program

National Novel Writing Month
November 1 - 30, 2017

International Bipolar Foundation

High School Essay Contest
Ages 13-29
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Prompt will be announced in September.

Princeton University

Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize
Any student who is in the eleventh grade in the academic year is eligible.
Deadline: November 27, 2017

December Deadline

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The Lyric Magazine

Poetry Contest
Undergraduate Students – USA and Canada
Deadline: Postmark December 1, 2017

Saint Mary's College

River of Words Poetry and Art Contest
Grades K-12 (Ages 5-19)
Deadline: December 1, 2017

Smith College

The Poetry Center High School Prize
An annual prize for sophomore & junior girls in New England
Deadline: September 1 - December 1, 2017

Barbara Pym Society

Student Essay Contest
Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate College Students
Deadline: December 4, 2017

Radiant Peace Education Awards

Essay, Art
Grades 1-8
Deadline: December 6, 2017
Note: This contest is run twice each year. See entry under April.

Letters About Literature

National Reading-Writing Contest
Grades 9-12 (Different age groups have different deadlines)
Deadline: December 9, 2017

Rider University

Annual High School Writing Contest
Essay, Fiction, Poetry
Deadline: December 11, 2017

The Living Rainforest

International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
Ages Primary and Secondary School Categories
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Teachers must register class of students.
Registration opens in September.

Mrs. P

Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest
Ages: K - 4th grade
Open: October 15 - December 15, 2017

New Voice Young Writers

Story, Poetry, Essay
Ages: 11-18
Deadline: November 1 - December 20, 2017

Adventure Write Kids

Totem Head's Story Contest
Ages: Under 19 years old (US Residents)
Tutorial and story prompt on website.
Deadline: December 31, 2017

The Fire Scholarship Contest

Essay: Prompt using video examples on topic of Free Speech
Grades High School Juniors & Seniors
Deadline: December 31, 2017

The Fitzgerald Museum

Poetry and Short Story
High School and College Students
Deadline: December 31, 2017

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