Creative Opportunities

National Novel Writing Month (November 1st-31st)
The Scholastic Art and Writing Competition by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
The Concord Review
This is a publication that welcomes history essays written by high school students.
Creative Minds Essay Contest
Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth magazine, Imagine, this writing calls for writing of any kind. No time to lose - Entries must be received by Friday, November 4, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
General Academic Competitions
Sponsored by the magazine Imagine, this is a list of all types of academic competitions including several writing competitions.
Teen Writing Contests
This is a general list of several writing competitions for high school students.
Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards
This competition is open to all high school students. If not just for the experience, the prizes make this competition way worth the work! Winners receive a cash award of $5,000 and travel and lodging expenses paid to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony.
Young Voices Foundation
This contest asks that students write a short story (not an essay) about exercise that includes at least one scene showing the health benefits of regular exercise.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Use this link to access information about the art and writing competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. This is the writing competition for which you will need to prepare a piece as part of Mrs. McGeehan's class requirements.
Denison University's Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop
Interested students must apply for this 8-day writers' conference, which meets on Denison's campus in Grantville, Ohio. The program runs from June 14-21.
The Kenyon Review's The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
Entries usually due in November.
Milberg Poetry Prize
Sponsored by Princeton University's Lewis Center For the Arts. Entries usually due in November.
Sejong Writing Competition
Sponsored by the Sejong Cultural Society. Mission Statement from their website: The goals of the Sejong Writing Competition are to discover children and young adults talented in writing and to encourage them to learn and write about Korean and its culture. Through this writing competition we hope to increase the awareness and understanding of Korea’s cultural heritage amongst the younger generations growing up in the United States. Entries due by February 28, 2015.
Susquehanna University's Summer Advanced Writers Workshops
2015 Dates: July 5-11
Susquehanna University's "The Apprentice Writer"
From the website: The Apprentice Writer publishes poems, stories and personal essays by high school students from a 20-state area. It has a circulation of 11,000 and is distributed each September. In its 33rd year, it is edited and produced, in part, by Susquehanna writing students.
The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize
Eligible Contestants: High School Students, ages 16-19; SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 28, 2015 - From the Website: The Atlantic and the College Board have teamed up to recognize today’s best high school essay writers with cash prizes and the chance to be published in an award-winning national magazine. Six finalists will be awarded $2,500, and the grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in addition to having his or her winning essay published in The Atlantic.
"Sarah Says Write" ~ Mrs. Clayville's Professional Website
Susquehanna University's Creative Writing Day
For High School Juniors and Seniors--Creative Writing Day at Susquehanna University. Are you passionate about writing? Immerse yourself in workshops, readings and information sessions presented by our nationally recognized Writers Institute faculty. Choose from workshop topics including short story, poetry, novel and science fiction writing to learn more about what the Huffington Post calls one of the top creative writing programs in the country! The Writers Institute will host a day of workshops, readings, and information sessions on Monday, November 9th, from 10a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch included) on the campus of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Parents and teachers are also welcome.
FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)
Free Speech essay writing contest. Top prize winner receives a $10,000 scholarship!
Poetry Out Loud
View this website for details on the Poetry Out Loud competition.
Letters about Literature
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.