Young Georgia Authors <-Click for contest. details
]Entries may include the following:
- Short Stories
- Essays/Literary Criticism/Analysis
- Academic/Research Reports
- Personal Narratives
- Any Other Original Student Writing
- Writing should be original student writing.
- Submissions should be typed (Times New Roman, size 12 font, no longer than 5 pages).
- Submissions must include a completed entry sheet (available from your ELA teacher).
Please do NOT put your name on your writing entry. As a header at the top of each page, put your initials, grade level, and RESA 1.
Example Header: MKW 6th grade RESA 1
Deadline: Mid February
KMWP Leslie Walker Writers of Promise <-Click for contest. details.
The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project sponsors this contest to keep the legacy of teacher Leslie Walker alive. Ms. Walker strived to create community in her classroom through writing about place. Students write about the experience of place that holds significance to them. Students’ writings should be typed or neatly writing in dark ink, up to 1000 words in length, and mostly error-free. Parent permission slips and a cover letter must also accompany each piece.
Deadline: April 14, 2021
If I Were Mayor<-Click for contest. details.
If I were mayor, I would...Every essay must begin with the sentence, “If I were mayor, I would,” and essays may not be longer than 350 words. They may be either typed or hand written, but must be legible and have the student’s name and school on them. This contest is for sixth graders only.
Deadline: Early March
Live Deliberately Essay Contest <-Click for contest. details.
Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world, ages 14-18*, to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year’s quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them. Like Thoreau, these young people use the power of their words to convey vivid stories, personal conviction and human compassion. The Essay Contest is typically open from mid-November to mid-February and the winners are announced in late March/early April.
The contest has two age groups: 14-16 and 17-18*. One winner will be identified in each age group and will receive a $500 cash prize, plus an autographed special edition of Walden. Essays may also be selected to receive Honorable Mention in each age group, which will be awarded with an autographed special edition of Walden.
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Topic/theme of multiculture awareness, international understanding, and nature appreciation. Original writing (essays, interviews, poems, plays, short stories, etc.) and art (photos, paintings, cartoons, etc.) from youth, ages 7 to 17, should be typed or neatly handwritten. The entries should be appropriate for ages 7 to 17. Prose under 1,000 words; poems under 30 lines. Non-English and bilingual writings, photo essays and art pieces (up to 8) are equally welcome.
Deadline: May 15, 2016
The Legacy Project & Listen to a Life Essay Contest <-Click for contest. details.
The annual Listen to a Life Contest runs through March 2016. Travel through time as you interview a grandparent or grandfriend about their life experiences – you may be surprised by what you learn! Then, submit a 300-word story to send a message around the world and into the future. All winning essays become part of the Legacy Project's online Legacy Library, recording life wisdom that can make the world and our future a little bit better. Written with co-entrant Ages 50+ (living)
Deadline: March 25, 2016
NANO<-Click for more details.
National Novel Writing Month (write a novel in one month) November of each year
Deadline: N/A Begins November 1.
Letters about Literature <-Click for contest. details.
Write a letter to the author. Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest. Here are the Rules and Guidelines.
Deadline: January 10, 2016