More Annual Writing Contests for Youth and Teens!




The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of inspired by nature.

Before creating your Contest entry, get outdoors and discover all the cool things to do and see in your local environment. From your own backyard to towering national forests, you can find plants, animals and amazing landscapes and sights at every turn that are sure to inspire your Contest entry!

Submission Categories: Art, writing, photography, videography and music.

Contest Topic: • Writing entries should be about nature. This could include plants, animals, landscapes but pets or farm animals like dogs, cats and horses are not eligible.

Submission Deadline: Check website

Who Can Submit: All US residents 19 and under.

Submission Length: 40 words or less (Yes, forty!)

Prizes: Include camcorders, digital cameras, binoculars, fishing rods, art supplies, books, writing supplies, gift cards.

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Center for Environmental Literacy Art & Poetry Contest

River of Words was founded to give new life to the teaching of art and poetry through watershed exploration. The innovative Watershed Explorer Educator’s Guide brings together sketching and botany, nature journaling and poetry writing. Students who participate are encouraged to submit their work to the free international art and poetry contest, held annually since 1995 in conjunction with the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress.

Submission Category: Poetry and Artwork (entry details for artwork available online – please check website below)

Contest Topic: Nature as inspiration; work inspired by watershed exploration.

Submission Deadline: Check Website

Who Can Submit: Students K-12 up to age 19, unless student is over 19 and still attending High School.

Submission Length: Up to a maximum of 32 lines.

Prize: Grand prize: Round trip transportation from the winner’s nearest major airport to the San Francisco Bay Area (or wherever that year’s Grand Prize Ceremony is being held), for the winner and one parent or guardian.

Prize is not redeemable for cash.

**Accommodations and some meals will also be provided. Taxes and all other expenses are the responsibility of the winner.

Winners must be available for travel sometime in June.

*River of Words reserves the right to not award a Grand Prize winner in any given category if no entry merits such designation.

**River of Words reserves the right to offer a substitute prize that does not involve travel, as funding permits.

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Creative Communication

Creative Communication is a company who is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The intent of its student writing contests, available three times a year, is to motivate and bring recognition to creative writers.

Submission Categories: Poetry and essay contests.

Contest Topic: Students can write on any appropriate subject (No pro-violence, pro drugs, etc.).  Essays must be non-fiction (no short stories or essays written as if you are a historical figure.)

Submission Deadlines: Check Website

Typically, August 19 for the poetry contest, and July 15for the essay contest. One entry per contest per student permitted.

Who Can Submit: U.S. or Canadian students, Grades 3 to 12.

Submission Length: Essays should be between 100 and 250 words (words such as “a”, “an” or “the” are not counted) However, essays should not be over 300 words. Poems cannot be over 21 lines of text (blank lines between stanzas are not counted).  Do not double space your entry.

Prize: For each contest deadline, the top ten entries in each grade division (3-6; 7-9; 10-12 for essay) will receive a $25 check, special recognition in the annual anthology, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest.  In addition, any teacher with five or more students who give permission for publication will receive a free anthology that features their student writers.

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One of the leading competitions in the electronic world for young authors, the New Voices Young Writer’s Competition™ encourages reading and writing among middle and high school students while introducing them to the exciting world of eBooks and ePublishing, the wave of the literary future.  This contest is open to students worldwide, attending public, private, or home schools. The competition is divided into two divisions.

Submission Categories: Fiction, poetry and nonfiction essay for each of the two age groups.

Contest Topic: All genres, themes and forms may be entered.  You may submit original work created for this contest or a past school assignment.

Submission Deadline: Check Website

Typically, entries will be accepted from November 1 through December 20. Only one entry per category accepted.

Who Can Submit: Students between the ages of 11 and 18.

Submission Length: Varies depending on submission category – check website for details.

Prize: One prize package per category per age group, but not specified on the website.  Past prizes included eBook readers or PDAs, gift certificates, and cash prizes..  All winners are invited to an award luncheon and receive a copy of the anthology in which their work(s) will be printed.

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Totem Head’s Story Contest

Totem Head’s Story Contest is sponsored by AdventureWrite, a website committed to encouraging young adventurers and writers. was created to recognize young writers, to provide a safe and fun venue for kids to display their work online and to publish kid-friendly adventure stories.

Contest Topic: An adventure story appropriate for kids.  The first sentence should start with “So there I was”.

Who Can Submit: US residents under 19 years old.  Note to parents:  If your child cannot write yet, you may type their words for them.

Submission Length: 1500 words or less.

Deadline: Check website.

Typically, before December 31 via email or snail mail.

Prize: $50 cash prize, publication on the website, and a certificate of achievement for the winning story.

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Boys’ Life “Say Yes to Reading!” contest on “The Best Book I Read This Year.”

Submission Categories: Book report and story writing.

Contest Topics:

‘The Best Book I Read This Year’ Contest:

Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in the Boys’ Life.The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words.

Submission Deadline:  Check Website.

Typically, Entries for both contests must be postmarked by Dec. 31st and must include entry information and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Who Can Submit:

For the ‘The Best Book I Read This Year’ Contest: There are three age categories:

  • 8 years old and younger
  • 9 and 10 years old
  • 11 years old and older

For the “You Be the Writer” Contest: Legal U.S. residents ages 6 to 17.

Submission Length: For both contests, submissions must be limited to 500 words.


For the ‘The Best Book I Read This Year’ Contest: All entrants receive a Boys’ Life Patch.  Contest winners receive Amazon gift cards from $50 to $100.

For the “You Be the Writer” Contest: Kindle Fire HD, Amazon gift cards, and publication in Boys’ Life

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8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest

The PAL – Pets Add Life campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of pet ownership, thus driving increased adoption of pets and responsible ownership of pets. Each year PAL hosts a poetry contest for pet lovers.

Contest Topic: Write a poem about a pet and the joys they bring.

Submission Deadline: Check Website. Typically, January 31st at 5:00pm EST. Post it online or submit via Facebook at, or send via snail mail.

Who Can Submit: Current students Grades 3-8.

Submission Length: Poems should not exceed 100 words.


6 Students Nationwide Will Win:

– A $1,000 scholarship for each winning student’s classroom.

– A $250 gift certificate for pet products.

– And, a “by·line” in a nationally circulated magazine or online outlet.

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The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Biographies Contest

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) seeks to increase awareness of women’s ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences.  The essay contest described below is sponsored by AWN and Math for America:

Contest Topic: Biographical essays of “contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers.”  Your essay should be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career. The submission must be in essay form, not just a transcript of your interview.

Submission Deadline: December 1 to January 31 via an online submission form (see website below). DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31 EACH YEAR

Who Can Submit: Students grades 6-12 and undergraduate students.

Submission Length: The essay should be approximately 500 to 1000 words in length.

Prize: Winners will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM web site. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter.

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