Writing Awards

Many writing awards are open to high school students and include scholarship/prize money and/or publication in the magazine affiliated with the competition. Here are a few examples.

  • The Adroit Prizes have not opened their application for the 2016-17 academic year, but they accept up to eight poems and three nonfiction or fiction pieces from any applicant currently attending high school OR college as an undergraduate in the U.S.
  • Run by Columbia College in Chicago (not our Columbia University here in NYC) for current high school students, the Young Authors Writing Competition accepts up to two submissions per applicant in fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. Including cash prizes and online publication, their application will open early this November.
  • *UPCOMING DEADLINE* The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, managed by the UK’s Poetry Society, judges previously unpublished poems in English by current students ages 11-17 for its annual competition, whose deadline is 7am EST on Sunday, July 31, 2016.
  • The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers is very unique: open to only current high school sophomores and juniors, winning poets receive full tuition to the prestigious Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop (which will run late June through the end of July 2017). The submission window will open November 1-30, 2016.
  • In late autumn, applications will open for Princeton University’s annual Poetry Contest for High School Students, which includes cash prizes for poets specifically in the eleventh grade at the time of application.
  • The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes current high school students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors) for commendation in writing across probably the largest variety of genres– fiction, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, journalism, comedy, etc. Although the competition does require $5 per submission, it is a highly respected and trusted educational organization; young writers who reach the “Gold Key” level become eligible for the regional and national competitions, where scholarship money is possible.