Deadline: April 12, 2019 Student Scholarship Essay Contest Grades 11 and 12Deadline: Postmark April 15, 2019; Received by April 22, 2019 Prizes for Poetry and Prose Open to Secondary and Undergraduate Students Fee Waiver Deadline: April 28, 2019Deadline: April 30, 2019 Grades 5-12Letters written in response to poets reading poems Select letters will be published online; Select letters will receive a response Deadline: April 30, 2019 A Voice for Animals Essay Contest for 14-15 year olds Action Project for 16-18 year olds Video, Essay with Photo, Essay submissions accepted Deadeline: April 30, 2019 Genre: Historical Fiction Open to high school age writers Deadline: April 30, 2019 Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Alternate History Fiction Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Novel Various age categories (K-Adult)Deadline: May 1, 2019 LGBTQ Genre Fiction Ages 14-21 Deadline: May 1, 2019 Youth PLAYSNon-musical, one-act play suitable for HS audience Written by Playwrights 19 years and under Deadline: May 1, 2019 Holocaust Writing, Art and Film Contest Open to grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, AKDeadline: May 1, 2019 World History Association Grades K-12 Deadline: May 1, 2019 Open to 2yr/4yr Accredited College Undergrads/Grads Manuscripts: short fiction, novel excerpt, creative nonfiction, poetry Deadline: May 15, 2019 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Category for Short Story by a High School Student Deadline: May 15, 2019 The Community Foundation of Dutchess County and Polyphony Lit Grades 9-12Deadline: Received by May 31, 2019 State University of New York Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year are eligible Deadline: June 1, 2019 Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction that explores social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes Ages 13-19Deadline: June 1, 2019 Ages High School / College / Graduate School Topic changes each year Deadline: June 3, 2019 Theme: Kindness Ages 25 and under Deadline: June 15, 2019 Art, Poetry, Prose, Film, Music Ages 11-18 Deadline: June 17, 2019 The Center for Gifted Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Music, Inventions Ages 8-18Deadline: June 30, 2019 Ages: Adult; Youth (13-18); Youth (12 and under)No fee for 12 and under.
Deadline: Postmark July 1, 2019 Open to students studying in Cananda and Canadian students studying abroad.
With young people writing from all Commonwealth countries and territories, the Competition enjoys much esteem and support throughout the Commonwealth. Each student's book may be on any subject and in any genre—fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction, etc...
Updated August 18, 2019 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.
Essay, Art, Video, Projects Grades 1-12Deadline: Postmark March 27, 2019 Ages 14-18 or 19-29Deadline: March 31, 2019 Best Poem for Children Contest This contest is actually for adults writing for readers ages 7-11(ish).
Deadline: March 31, 2019 10-Minute Play Contest Grades 11and 12 in the current school year Deadline: March 31, 2019 Grades K-12Deadline: March 31, 2019 The Weeden Foundation American High School Students Grades 11 and 12 The Carson Mc Cullars Literary Award Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Expository Essay, Playwriting, Screenwriting High School Age Category Deadline: April 5, 2019 Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards Grades 6-8 or 9-12For outdoor-oriented works.
Contest Deadlines: I make every effort to update the contest list monthly and update deadline dates as the contest sponsors update them on their websites.
Contest dates may change without anyone notifying me, so users of this guide should check the contest website for the most accurate information.