Contests for Young Writers

Contests/Writing Opportunities for Young Writers
This is just a sampling of what’s out there. There are some dubious contests out there that target young poets in particular. The contests listed below are proven winners.

for high school students:

Creative Writing Contest: Interlochen Arts Academy

Princeton University: Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize

Washington University: The Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Awards

Kenyon College: The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Creative Writing Contest: Arkansas Tech University

Gannon University: Annual High School Poetry Contest

Rider University: Annual High School Writing Contest

Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers

UB Poetry Contest: State University of New York, University at Buffalo

Teen The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award for Young Writers

Claremont Review Annual Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Teen Ink Contests in Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry:

Press 53 (Young Writers Contest among other contests)

NAPF: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards (has young writer division)

Also, check your state poetry society or organization. Many have poetry contests for young poets.

for college students or under 30:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award

Playboy College Fiction Awards

Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest (under 30)

Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes (poets under 40)