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The #PoetWe Campaign

WriteGirl alumna Amanda Gorman launched the #PoetWe Campaign. The national initiative, powered by One Pen One Page, invites students to write poetry about why creative writing and the arts matter. Youth then submit their work to be published on the site! Student groups who generate work also have the chance to be featured on our blog! Find out more at onepenonepage.org/poetwe.

Best New Writing — Accepting Submissions

Best New Writing accepts unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words for publication and consideration for the Gover Story Prize ($250). The story must be new and unpublished, including on-line publication. Submissions are read quarterly following the last day of March, June, September, and December. You will receive a response within two weeks of those dates. CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: New, unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words
  • Awards: Gover Story Prize ($250)
  • Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30

One Teen Story — Accepting Submissions

One Teen Story is looking for great short stories written by teens about the teen experience. We seek stories that deal with issues of identity, friendship, family, and coming-of-age. Gratuitous profanity, sex and drug use are best avoided. Open to all genres of well-written young adult fiction between 2,000 and 4,500 words. Because of our format, we can only accept stories that are strong enough to stand alone (as opposed to excerpts from novels-in-progress). Proof of the author's age will be required for all stories accepted for publication. One Teen Story pays $500 and 25 contributor copies for first North American serial rights. All rights will revert to author following publication. One Teen Story publishes 4 stories a year and accepts submissions from teen writers ages 13-19. CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: Short stories of all genres under 4,500 words. Gratuitous profanity, sex and drug use are best avoided. 
  • Awards: $500 and 25 contributor copies for first North American serial rights
  • Deadlines: September 1, 2017- May 31, 2018

Teen Ink Magazine 

If you are ages 13-19 and you'd like to be published in this online magazine, you can submit an original work of poetry, fiction or non-fiction. There is no entry deadline; submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. No residence eligibility requirements are stated. Teen Ink also has a printed edition; if your work is accepted for the printed edition, you will receive a free copy of that month's magazine. CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: Written work must contain fewer than 2,500 words. Novels, however, can be from 2,500 to 100,000 words. 
  • Awards: Work will be printed onto Teen Ink's print magazine
  • Deadlines: Submissions accepted throughout the year

Ocean Awareness Student Contest 

Ocean Awareness Student Contest is open to middle and high school students. This year's theme is Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions. Connect your submission to your own life, your local community, or something else that inspires and motivates you. Some questions that you might consider as you work on your submission are:

Who is to "blame" for ocean pollution? What are the sources of ocean pollution? Who- and what - is impacted by ocean pollution? How does ocean pollution at one end of the world affect at the other end? CONTEST PAGE WITH MORE INFO AND GUIDELINES

  • Guidelines: Poems can be no more than 2 pages in length. Prose submissions can be no more than 8 pages in length. 
  • Awards: Gold Award ($1,500), Silver Award ($1,000), Bronze Award ($500), Gold Award Winners' School ($1,500), Honorable Mention ($250), Sponsor Recognition Award ($750)
  • Deadlines: June 19, 2017

DO-OVER Scholarship — If we could turn back time... 

Mistakes - we've all made them. Too bad life doesn't always give you a mulligan. Or does it? What if you had the chance to "do-over" a moment in your life? What would it be? How would it affect you and your future?

What we learn from our mistakes can often be invaluable - but we're here to help put a price to it. While we can't undo the past, this fun scholarship is available to students looking for a unique way to earn free college money. Our Do-Over Scholarship will award $1,500 to one lucky applicant. Don't let "applying for this scholarship" be that do-over moment for you! Applicants must: Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application, Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education Submit an online written response to the question:

"If you could get one 'do-over' in life, what would it be and why?" (250 words or less) Scholarship Page With More Details

  • Guidelines: 250 words or less
  • Awards: $1,500
  • Deadlines: June 30, 2017

JumpStart Scholarship

How about $1,000 for only 250 words! Sounds like a good trade to me! College JumpStart Fall Scholarship http://www.jumpstart-scholarship.net will award the winner $1,000.00 for answering one of the questions below, about the value of education, in 250 words or less:

  • What are your educational goals? 
  • How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals? 
  • Write about a time when "hard work" paid off. 
  • Describe your experience with community service and volunteering and how that has affected you and your outlook.

Scholarship Page With More Details

  • Guidelines: 250 words or less. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Must attend or plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year or vocational/trade school in the U.S.
  • Awards: $1,500
  • Deadlines: June 30, 2017


EVENTS and ongoing submissions

  • A great list of writing contests, year-round

  • Literary Happenings in LA — Your one stop for all the most exciting literary events in the LA area.

  • LA Times High School Insider — Students post their stories on LATimes.com to report on the issues that matter to them. Join a network of more than 100 local schools, attend conferences and reach thousands with their reporting. If you're interested in getting involved send an email to Kyle.Finck@latimes.com.

  • “Dispatches from High School” —SheKnows Media is working on a video series called Hatch, featuring issues affection Generation Z as told by kids and teens. They're latest Hatch program is "Dispatches from High School." They're looking for raw and honest content about what's affecting teens. Share your unique perspective of the issues affecting you. Learn more about how to be a part of this project by emailing Community Programs Director, Jordan Boswell: Jordan.Boswell [at] sheknows.com.