The purpose of our poetry and essay contest is to bring recognition to student writers. Winners share thousands in cash and prizes. In addition to the winning entries, other entries of high merit are accepted to be published in our hard-bound anthology. With the publication being regionally based, students are competing against their peers in both age and location. Within the guidelines of accepting less than 50% of the poems and essays that are entered in each contest, the contest is selective so that it is an honor to be accepted, yet not so exclusive that it is discouraging to enter. Unlike many other organizations who sponsor writing contests, there is no entry fee and no required purchase in order to become published. We take pride in the fact that our staff is comprised of teachers, professors and writers.
Who can enter?
Students in grades K-12 in the United States and Canada
Why should a student enter?
Thousands in cash and prizes awarded to students and teachers in each contest.
Top Ten winners in each grade division (K-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 for poetry, 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 for essay) will receive a $25 check, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest.
Teachers with 5 or more students who returned proofsheets for publication will receive a free copy of the anthology that includes their student writers.
We have three poetry contests a year with the following deadlines.
Spring contest: entries must be postmarked by April 16, 2015.
Summer contest: entries must be postmarked by August 19, 2015.
Fall contest: entries must be postmarked by December 23, 2014.
1. Poems must be the original work of the student
2. Poems can be on any appropriate topic (no pro-violence, drugs, etc)
3. Poems must be in English
4. Poems must not be over 21 lines of text
We have three essay contests a year with the following deadlines.
Spring contest: entries must be postmarked by.February 17, 2015
Summer contest: entries must be postmarked by.July 15, 2015
Fall contest: entries must be postmarked by.October 15, 2015
1. Students must be in school (public, private or home school) in the United States or Canada.
2. Students can enter on their own or have a parent or teacher make their entry.
3. All entries must be in English and be the original work of the student.
4. Students can be in grades 4-12 for the essay contest.
5. Students can write on any appropriate subject (No pro-violence, pro drugs, etc)
6. Essays must not be over 250 words (or 300 total words counting articles such as "a, an, the, etc").
7. Essays must be non-fiction (no short stories or essays written as if you are a historical figure.)