25 Writing Contests and Publication Opportunities for Teens

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Are you an aspiring writer, creative artist, scientist or a future scholar? The following list of twenty-five publishing platforms provides teens with opportunities for recognition in those fields. Submitting your work for review and publication can channel your creative energy into a meaningful and rewarding project. Additionally, working on your writing will improve your research and organizational skills. Participating in a contest, or having your work published, is also a factor in college admissions decisions.

In estimating the amount of work each submission requires, be mindful of all provided deadlines. Notice that most essay submissions require a bibliography. If you are tackling an essay with an assigned topic, take advantage of the Library's Research resources. This guide to Remote Research Resources will provide you with guidance on how to use the Library's electronic resources from home. If you are working on composing an oratory, or any other piece of polemical writing, take a look at How to Research for a Debate Using Library Resources . Aspiring poets can consult Columbia Granger's World of Poetr y, a premier poetry online resource. Young artists can draw inspiration from the wealth of imagery in our Digital Collections . The Library encourages everyone to get creative with our public domain collection of digital images. If you are inserting a quotation into your text, learn How to Research a Quotation . Don't forget to attend the Library's events , as they frequently include writing workshops and book discussions . If you have any additional reference questions ,or want to see the full extent of remote research opportunities, take a look at our guide to Remote Collections and Services.

For additional guidance and inspiration, please see the short list of books provided below.

The Writer's Practice: Building Confidence in Your Nonfiction Writing by John Warner

Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron

Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry with the Masters by Robert Pisnky

Writers's Idea Book by Jack Heffron

Barron's Painless Writing by Jeffrey Strausser

How to Write Better Essays by Bryan Greetham

You Can Write a Play! by Milton E. Polsky

The Artist's Way: a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

Apprentice Writer

Susquehanna University and the Writers Institute initiative invite high school students to submit fiction, memoir, personal essay , poetry and photography for the thirty-ninth volume of Apprentice Writer , which will be published in the fall of 2021 

Deadline:  submissions are accepted from September 15 , 2020 to March 15 2021

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest 

The Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest provides scholarship, prizes, and recognition for the best poems submitted by young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school. No more than two poems per student. For details and prizes please see the contest webpage . 

Deadline: October 31, 2020 

Leonard l. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize

The Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the eigth grade in the U.S. or abroad. Contest judges are poets on the Princeton University Creative Writing faculty, which includes Michael Dickman, Paul Muldoon, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, Jenny Xie, and Monica Youn.

Deadline: to be announced. For the latest information and updates, you can subscribe to a newsletter . 

Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Young Poets Anthology is looking for poem submissions from authors that are 15, and younger. Poets can use their whole name, first name or a pseudonym. Poems could be submitted by students that are younger than 18, teachers, parents and guardians. 

Deadline:  Submission for 2020 accepted until November 16, 2020.

Society of Classical Poets High School Poetry Competition

Invites classic poetry lovers ages 13 to 19 to submit up to 3 metered poems, limited to 108 lines.  Poems must contain meter. Counting the number of syllables and ensuring there are a similar number in each line is sufficient. Society offers a very useful tutorial on  writing poetry with a meter. To learn how to write poetry with a meter, see a brief beginner’s guide on common iambic meter here or a more elaborate beginner’s guide to many kinds of meter here .

Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem and the poems of the two runners-up will be published in the Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most widely read literary magazines.

Deadline : Submissions accepted between November 1 and November 30

Bennington College Young Writers Awards 

Students in 9th-12th grades, residing anywhere in the world, are invited to submit original works in three categories. Poetry requires a submission of three poems. Category of Fiction accepts short stories or a one-act play. There is a separate nonfiction essay category. Please notice that only original writing is accepted, and all  work has to be sponsored by a high school teacher. For further details, carefully read the submission rules.  

Deadline: Submissions for 2020 are accepted from September 3 to November 1 

Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers 

High School students from anywhere in the world are eligible to submit original work written in English. Creative writing that was not previously published, can be submitted in the categories of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. For further detail and submissions guidelines read the rules of the context. In addition to creative writing, you can submit cover art for Polyphony magazine. 

Deadline: Check the website for the latest writing deadlines. Deadline for cover art submission is April 30th.   

SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest 

In order to increase high school students' knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media in our lives, Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalist and the Journalism Education Association invites students enrolled in grades 9-12 in US public, private and home schools , to submit an essay on a given topic.  National winners of this essay contest will receive a scholarship award. Topic for 2020 will be released in November. 

Deadline : February 22 

Achievement Award in Writing 

National Council of Teachers of English is offering an Achievement Award in Writing to High School Juniors in the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and accredited American Schools abroad. Students must be nominated by their school's English department and should submit one themed essay and a sample of their best writing. 

Deadline:  Submissions for 2021 are open from November 15 to February 15. Theme for the essay is available at the time of publication ( October 2020) 

Teen Ink Magazine 

A national teen magazine devoted to teenage writing, art, photos and forums, offers an opportunity to publish creative work and opinions on issues that affect their lives of teens. Hundreds of thousands of students aged 13-19, have submitted their work. Teen Ink magazine has published the creative output of over 55,000 teens. Teens can submit an article, poetry, book, novel, photo or a video though this link.

Deadline: none

Princeton University Ten Minute Play Contest 

Eligibility for the annual playwriting contest is limited to students in the 11th grade in the U.S , or an international equivalent of the 11th grade. Jury consists of members of the Princeton University Program in Theater faculty. 

Deadline: Information regarding submission will be provided in late Fall of 2020.

Youth Plays 

Unpublished one-act plays from authors younger than 19 years of age are accepted for submission. Plays should feature youth characters and be suitable for school production. For detailed submission guidelines and helpful advice visit Youth Plays website. 

Deadline: Next opportunity for submission will open up in early 2021.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has the largest selection of opportunities for creative self-expression. With twenty eight categories, ranging from poetry to the entire writing portfolio, young artists and writers can choose from a plethora of opportunities. For the latest updates, rules , and information on how to enter, register with Scholastic. Don't forget to view the Gallery of Winning Entries . To participate in the Awards, you must be a student in grades 7–12, age 13 years or older, residing in the United States, U.S. territories or military bases, or Canada.

Deadlines vary by category, with submissions windows between September to December. 

National Young Arts Foundation Competition

Young Arts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15-18, or in grades 10-12. Open to students in a variety of different disciplines, including visual arts, writing, and music, National Young Arts Foundation  Competition  asks students to submit a portfolio of work.

Deadline: October 16 , 2020

World Historian Student Essay Competition  

World History Association invites international students enrolled in grades K-12 in public, private and parochial schools, and those in home-study programs to participate in a writing competition that celebrates the study of history. Each competitor will submit an essay that addresses the issue: In what way has the study of world history affected my understanding of the world in which we live ? For further details on submission guidelines, visit World History Association.  

Deadline: May 1

The Concord Review

This unique publication is the only quarterly journal in the world to publish academic history papers of secondary students. The Concord Review accepts history research papers (about 8,500 words with endnotes and bibliography ) of high school students from anywhere in the world. There is no theme, and papers on every period of history anywhere in the world are accepted. For specific rules and regulators, see the submission guidelines. 

Deadline: essay are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. To participate, students must submit an original 800 to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. 

Deadline: December 31 

JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest 

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades 9-12 attending public, private, parochial, or home schools. In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

Deadline: January 15 

Write the World Competition

Write the World is a global community of young writers, ages 13-18. Write the World offers a rotating list of themed competitions. Current competition ( October 2020) is for a Speech Writing Oration. The list of past competitions includes Historical Fiction ( short story), Food Writing, Album Review, Environmental Journalism, Songwriting and Book Review. 

Deadline: a new competition every month

Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize

Established in 2006, the Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize is an essay competition open in year 12 or the equivalent. Students can submit essays on three given topics in Philosophy. The judges will look for originality of thought, a clear grasp of the issues, clarity in presentation and a critical approach to what has been read. They will also look for a clear structure to the essay. Please read the submission guidelines carefully .

Deadline: June 22 , 2021

The American Foreign Service Association’s National High School Essay Contest

Students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service are eligible to participate in the contest, if they reside in the U.S., U.S territories, or if they are U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. In addition to the winner, there is the one runner-up and eight honorable mentions. For further details, please read Rules and Guidelines 

Deadline: The new prompt and deadlines for 2021 will be announced in the fall of 2020

International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual themed essay contest is organized by the Goi Peace Foundation in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. Essays can be submitted in two age categories, by anyone younger than 25. In addition to English, essays can be submitted in French, Spanish, German and Japanese. Please note that essays must be mailed, as no email submissions are accepted.

Deadline: Consult the Goi Peace Foundation website for the 2021 theme .

Engineer Girl Essay Writing Competition

This competition is  open to individual girls and boys in the following three age categories: elementary, middle, and high school students. This year's theme  relates to the COVID-19 virus.

Deadline: The contest will close at 11:59 PM, February 1, 2021, U.S. Eastern Standard Tim e

Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Scholarship Program

Established in 1947 by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Voice of Democracy Youth Scholarship program requires a submission of a themed recorded essay. Students attending any type of school in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. Essays are judged on content and on delivery technique.

Deadline: October 31

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The ultimate guide to competitions for young writers 2023

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Getting words down onto the page isn’t the hard part for many keen young writers, but making the time to polish a story or poem can be hard. That’s especially true if you’re in school and juggling other demands like exams or extracurricular activities. But entering a writing competition is a motivation to do the editing that will turn your inspired draft into a shining example of your craft. Here’s a list of competitions aimed at young writers and poets. We try and keep it as up to date as we can, but always take time to read and follow the guidelines and terms and conditions. And always check the closing date! Once you’ve found one that appeals, why not give it a go?

We are proud to run the Young Walter Scott Prize. It is the UK’s only creative writing prize for budding historical fiction authors. You can enter if you’re between 11 and 19 and live in the UK or Ireland. You could win a £500 travel grant, and a chance to see your own work in print. Entries must be between 800 and 2,000 words, set in a time before you were born. The deadline for this year’s competition is 31 st October 2023. Details of how to enter are here , and you’ll find some of the previous winning entries here .

You can also follow the YWSP on TikTok www.tiktok.com/@walterscottprizes  and YouTube www.youtube.com/c/walterscottprizes

Atom Learning Young Author Award

Open to young writers aged 7 to 11, the theme for 2023 year’s entries – which should be no longer than 500 words, is ‘If I Were In Charge for a Day… You’ll find the information you need here: https://atomlearning.com/young-author-award

Author of Tomorrow

The Author of Tomorrow prize is open to young writers in a range of age categories, from 11 and under, up to 21 years. The competition aims to find the adventure writers of the future and offers a cash award, book tokens, and digital publication in an anthology. Find out more at https://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/author-of-tomorrow-2019

BBC 500 Words

Divided into two age categories – 5 to 7 and 8 to 11 – this popular competition invites entries of 500 words or less, written in prose. There are clear guidelines and resources for schools on the web page – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/500-words/about-500-words – and the competition opens in September 2023.

CABB Publishing Writing Competitions

CABB Publishing runs two writing competitions, one for writers aged 8 to 12 and the other for writers aged 13 to 16. Visit the website for more information: https://www.caabpublishing.co.uk/submit-competitions

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world. Since it began 25 years ago, the Award has kickstarted the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. Find out more here: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/

Green Stories Writing Competitions

This is a series of free writing competitions across various formats inviting stories that showcase what a sustainable society might look like.  Entries must be in English and unpublished. The intention is to create a resource that entertains and informs about green solutions, inspires green behaviour and raises awareness of the necessary transformations towards a sustainable economy. You’ll find more information here: https://www.greenstories.org.uk/writing-competitions/

Hampshire Young Poets Prize

The age categories for this poetry competition span 4 to 16 years, and it is open to young people who live or study in Hampshire. For more information, this is the website: https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/hantsyoungpoets23

Orwell Youth Prize

The Orwell Foundation’s Orwell Youth Prize is open to you if you’re between 8 and 13 years old. Write a story, essay or even your own game. The themes they’re looking for vary from year to year. Sign up for more information, including details of the next annual theme at  https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-youth-prize/

Royal Geographical Society Essay Competition

Organised in partnership with the Financial Times, entrants are asked to answer a question in a 1000-word essay. This year’s question is What risks are associated with climate change and what should we be doing about them?   You’ll find details – including lots of helpful resources to aid research – on the website: https://www.rgs.org/schools/competitions/school-essay-competition/

Solstice Prize

Organised by Writing East Midlands, this nature-themed writing competition is open to writers aged 7 to 17; you can submit a story or poem and the prizes on offer include a cash award and a book voucher for your school. Head for the website, which has examples of previous winning entries, for details of the next competition at https://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/young-writers-groups/solstice-writing-prize/

The Stephen Spender Prize

A prize for poetry in translation with categories for pupils, teachers and individual young people living in the UK and Ireland, as well as an Open category for adults from all over the world. The rules are simple: translate into English any poem from any language – from French to Farsi, from Spanish to Somali. Check out the details here: https://www.stephen-spender.org/stephen-spender-prize/

War Through Children’s Eyes

Organised by the Azerbaijani Community in the United Kingdom, this award is for art and creative writing and was set up as part of the 30th anniversary commemoration of the Khojaly massacre in Azerbaijan in 1992. If you are a UK resident aged between 7 and 17 (the award is divided into 7-11 and 12-17 age categories), you can enter with artwork or a written piece inspired by the themes of war and peace. Entry is free, although participants are encouraged to make a donation to War Child. For more information about how to enter, and a list of the judges, go to https://www.warthroughchildrenseyes.org.uk/competition_entries

HG Wells Short Story Competition

There is an annual theme for this short story competition – go to the website to find out more – https://hgwellscompetition.com .  The competition is free for entry for writers under 21.

Wenlock Olympian Society Writing Competition

This competition welcomes stories and poems and is open to young writers from around the world. There are awards in three medal categories — gold, silver and bronze — and all medallists receive their own Wenlock Olympian Society medal. Find copies of winning stories on their website, where details of the next competition are published. https://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/wenlock-olympian-society-arts/creative-short-story/

Yorkshire Festival of Story: Children’s Story Competition

Open to young writers aged 7 to 12 years, entrants are given a theme to inspire their story of up to 500 words. Find out more here: https://www.settlestories.org.uk/whats_on/childrens_story-comp/

Young Poets’ Competition

This competition is organised by the Wells Festival of Literature. First, second and third places all win cash awards, plus a year’s subscription to the Poetry Society. Find out more here: https://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/2023/02/2023-young-poets-competition/

Undergrowth Competition

Nature and our relationship to it, growth and regeneration – this is an opportunity for writers aged 16 to 19 – ‘the next generation of nature and wilderness lovers’ – to share their stories in fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Details can be found here: https://www.overgrowth.uk/writing-competition-2023-undergrowth

Write on Art

Write on Art is an annual national writing competition sponsored by Art UK and the  Paul Mellon Centre  to encourage an interest in art history among young people. To enter, you must be aged 15 to 18 and live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland; choose one artwork from artuk.org that fascinates you. For details and guidelines see https://artuk.org/learn/what-is-write-on-art

Young Writers Awards

Goldsmiths University in London runs a series of writing competitions for 16- to 19-year-olds. Details can be found here: https://www.gold.ac.uk/schools-and-colleges/young-writer-competitions/

BBC Young Writers’ Award with Cambridge University

This writing prize, run by the BBC along with Cambridge University, could be for you if you’re aged 14 to 18 and live in the UK. Entries can be up to 1,000 words; the shortlist will be announced on Radio 1 and the winner will be announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Find out more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2cslf9QxZKznVCqplBS0SY0/the-2023-bbc-young-writers-award

The Young Muslim Writers’ Awards

The Young Muslim Writers’ Awards are open to entrants aged from 5 to 16 years. Short stories, poems, articles, screenplays and playscripts are welcome – all details can be found here: https://ymwa.org.uk/2023-competition-now-open/

Young Writers Annual Showcase

An opportunity for writers aged from 4 to 18 years – submit an entry of up to 1000 words for a chance to win, and to see your work in print. There’s more information on the webste – including a Story Generator to set you going! https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/all-ages/showcase-23?view=ind

You’ll never know how you’ll fare in a competition unless you enter, so give it a try! Whether you’ve ambitions to become an author or just enjoy working with words, it’s fun to take part.

And why not take a look at the YWSP YouTube channel where past winners talk about their experiences?

You’ll also find inspiration on our TikTok , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , and our Inspirations page.

And if you come across other competitions for young writers that should be included in this list, just let us know.

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Welcome to the 2024 KET Young Writers Contest!

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Thank you to all of the writers who participated in the 2024 KET Young Writers Contest! The submission window is closed and KET Education is excited to announce that judging has begun. Judges from across KET, as well as from partners like Western Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Murray State University, have begun reading entries. With over 1,400 submissions this year, they have a big job ahead of them!

Contest Categories

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Illustrated Stories | PreK-12

Written work with associated visual illustrations, created through any choice of mediums. 

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Graphic Novels | K-12

Written work with strongly integrated visual illustrations that has a purposeful narrative.

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Poetry | K-12

Written work made of carefully chosen words to create images or explore an idea

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Short Stories | K-12

Well-crafted work of fiction or non-fiction that consists only of text and has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Prizes are awarded at various levels within each category and include $200 Amazon gift cards for 1st places, $100 Amazon gift cards for 2nd places, and $50 Amazon gift cards for 3rd places.

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Young Writers Awards

2023-2024 Young Writers Awards Winners

Bennington College congratulates all entrants on their extraordinary submissions and is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 winning entries.

  • First Place , “ for your own good / All Men are Bad / sugar pill ," Sophie Bernik, Traverse City, MI, Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Second Place , “ They grind up racehorses  /  all her things have gone far away   / Bedtime Stories for Little Curses ,” Seoyon Kim, East Greenwich, RI, Wheeler School
  • Third Place , “ Exam God Hands You While Dawdling Before the Pearly Gates / False Elegy / Homecoming ,” Ava Chen, Wellesley, MA, Phillips Academy
  • First Place , “ 1000 ,” Kekoa Dowsett, Portland, OR, Jesuit High School
  • Second Place , “ Guide to Being a Girl When You’re Not One, Actually ,” Faith Reasoner-Fellows, Castaic, CA, Castaic High School
  • Third Place , “ Holiness in a Downtown Apartment; A Bible Lesson ,” Moriah Hogans, Dothan, AL, Dothan High School
  • First Place , “ Death of the Pointe Shoe ,” Addison (Addi) Moss, Pacific Palisades, CA, Stanford Online High School
  • Second Place , “ 17 Hail Marys ,” Venya Sharda, Fremont, CA, Washington High School
  • Third Place , “ Metamorphoses Caught in Transition ,” Roark Petermann, Walden, NY, Valley Central High School 

About the Contest

Bennington College has a unique literary legacy , including twelve  Pulitzer Prize winners , three U.S. poet laureates, four MacArthur Geniuses, countless New York Times bestsellers , and two of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

In celebration of this legacy, Bennington launched the Young Writers Awards to promote excellence in writing at the high school level. Our goal with this competition is to recognize outstanding writing achievement by high school students.

Each year, students in the 9th–12th grades are invited to enter in one of the following categories with the following submission:

Poetry: A group of three poems

Fiction: A short story (1,500 words or fewer) or one-act play (run no more than 30 minutes of playing time)

Nonfiction : A personal or academic essay (1,500 words or fewer)

A first, second, and third place winner is selected in each category. We welcome submissions from both U.S. and international students. 

Have questions about the contest? Email   [email protected]

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First-place winners in each category are awarded a prize of $1,000 ; second-place winners receive $500;  third-place winners receive $250 .

There is no entry fee.

All entries must be original work reviewed, approved and sponsored by a high school teacher. We will use your sponsoring teacher as a contact for the competition should we have any questions. For homeschooled students, please contact a mentor to sponsor your writing.

Young Writers Award finalists and winners are also eligible for undergraduate scholarships at Bennington. YWA finalists who apply, are admitted, and enroll at Bennington will receive a $10,000  scholarship every year for four years, for a total of $40,000 . YWA winners who apply, are admitted, and enroll at Bennington will receive a $15,000  scholarship every year for four years, for a total of $60,000 .

The competition runs annually from September 1 to November 1 .

Congratulations to our 2023–2024 winners!

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Young Writer's Awards FAQ

Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the globe to participate in the Young Writers Awards.

Nope! The competition is free.

Enter in N/A, we’ll figure it out from there.

We ask that participants submit in only one category, and submit only one time per year.

We welcome simultaneous submissions.

We ask that students who participate be in 9th through 12th grade—sadly gap year students are not eligible for the competition.

We have a diverse group of people who read our submissions; however, we do not currently accept submissions that are not written in English.

As Stephen King says: kill your darlings. The word count is strict, get your submission down to 1500 words. Headers, footers, footnotes, titles, bibliographies all count.

A sponsoring teacher is someone who has worked with you, read what you’ve decided to submit, and helped you edit it. They’ve given you feedback and advice. Once you submit your work, your sponsoring teacher’s work is largely done, but we want to make sure that you’ve done this step.

You don’t have to have taken a class with them, but they should know you, and have worked with you in some capacity previously. Your parents don’t count (unless you’re a homeschooled student).

More About Literature Studies at Bennington

Literature studies at Bennington are grounded in the idea that good writers are good readers. Each year, an exceptional group of Bennington undergraduates is chosen to participate in an MFA summer residency through the Undergraduate Writing Fellowship . At the graduate level, the MFA offered by the Bennington Writing Seminars is one of the best low-residency programs in the United States.

Off the Page and Outside the Classroom

Bennington College believes that a writer’s influence extends beyond the printed page. As the steward of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum , Bennington is committed to maintaining and growing Robert Frost’s literary legacy in Southern Vermont and beyond.

Throughout the year, Bennington College welcomes prominent writers and alumni to campus for readings during its Literature Evenings, Poetry at Bennington, and Writers Reading series.

Students at Bennington are invited to contribute to SILO , the student literary and arts magazine. Bennington Review , a national biannual literary journal based at the College, provides students an opportunity to help edit and produce a professional print literary magazine. Bennington College Literature students go on to become novelists, poets, journalists, biographers, and more. Explore notable alumni.

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Past Winners

Each year, over 5,000 students submitted poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to the Young Writers Awards competition. We congratulate all entrants on their extraordinary submissions, and are pleased to share past winning entries.

2022-2023 Winners

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  • First Place , " Manhattanhenge / Scrapyard Blues / What moves the needle ," Katie Hwang , Dalton School, New York, NY
  • Second Place , " Ghazal for Matrilineal Multiverse / Appetence of Vietnamese Daughter / Moonlight on the Ganges ," Sunny Vuong , BASIS San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • Third Place , " parking lot supplications / Cassandra / (clementine) peel ," Anaya Marei, homeschooled, Stockton, CA
  • First Place , " A Story Woven From a Bucket of Milk ," Enkhjin Gantumur, School 1 of Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Second Place , “ Untitled ,” Caroline Anthony, The High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX
  • Third Place , " ‘How have you been?’ ‘Unlike you ,’" Shambhavi Sinha, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School, Chandigarh, India
  • First Place , " Diagnosis of Familial, Lateral Curvatures ," Joanna Liu, Lexington High School, Lexington, MA
  • Second Place , " Cat in a Box ," Kat Davis , South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC
  • Third Place , " Riddled Realities ," Emaan Abbasi, Lahore Grammar School, Lahore, Pakistan 

2021-2022 Winners

  • First Place , " How Did Li Bai Die? / How to Turn Into the River / Suns ," Ran Zhao, King George V School, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Second Place ,  " Broken Abecedarian for America / Ghazal for K / Fish-bodied ," Jessica Kim, La Canada High School, La Canada, CA
  • Third Place ,   " In Which My Mother Asks When the Hell I’m Getting Baptized / Etymology of Paternity / Bible Study Ghazal ," Ashley Wang, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville NJ
  • First Place , " Observations made at the Lu Family Dinner Table, New Year's Eve, 2019 ," Sunshine Chen, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA
  • Second Place , " A Language is a Story ," Olga Musial, 33 Copernicus High School, Warszawa, Poland
  • Third Place ,   "I Leave the Six Blank "   was written by Rachel Kenley Fry and attributed to another writer, who submitted the work. This never should have happened as the contest requires students to submit original work. We apologize to the writer for this wrongful attribution. Measures have been taken to guard against plagiarism in the future.
  • First Place,   " The—Lovely—Red—Skirt ," Youjaye Daniels, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenvile, SC
  • Second Place , " Somewhere in Southern Florida ," Vivian Zhu, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
  • Third Place , " Family Portrait as a Gutted Fish ," Danny Liu, Lake Highland Prep School, Orlando, FL

2020-2021 Winners

  • First Place , " When You Wish Upon a Star / [letter to durga] / Sightseeing ," Aanika Eragam, Milton High School, Alpharetta, GA
  • Second Place , " a sudden nostalgia that i am meant to be somewhere else / The Bedroom / Etymology of Loss ," Olivia Yang, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
  • Third Place ,   " Girl Sonnet / Honey Ghazal / Shelter, Water, A Bite to Eat ,"   Madelyn Dietz, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
  • First Place , " Somewhere Nearby Connecticut, There's a Clan of Vampires and a Woman He May Never Know ," Alyssa Wilson, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC
  • Second Place , " Dinner of Three ," Wes Davis, Henry Clay High School, Lexington, KY
  • Third Place , " Birthday Party ," Katarina Ivkovic, Hunter College High School, New York, NY
  • First Place,   " Dissecting Matryoshka ," Stefania Bielkina, The Dwight School, New York, NY
  • Second Place , " Skin Test ," Indigo Mudbhary, Lick Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA
  • Third Place, " Gifted ,"   Rebecca Orten, Middlebury Union High School, Middlebury, VT

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  • First Place: " made without hands / My daughter inherits my mouth and my fear of everything / Things Without Mouths: An Index ," Sophie Paquette, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
  • Second Place: " Unneeded Insecurities / My Reason (Outro) / Arrival ," Devon Reed-Rivera, Cumberland High School, Cumberland, VA
  • Third Place: " Type Girl / Uber Driver / Daughter Said ," Karrington Garland, Franklin Academy High School, Wake Forest, NC
  • First Place:  " Haymarket ," Cynthia Lu, Belmont High School, Belmont, MA
  • Second Place:  " Moon Fever ," Kali Puhnaty, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA
  • Third Place: " Hardest Hue to Hold , " Lillian Robles, Homeschooled, Glendale, CA
  • First Place: "Sundown with Giraffes," Azpiri Iglesias, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
  • Second Place:  " Becoming a Woman: A Checklist ," Thalia King, Pittsburgh CAPA High School, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Third Place: " Transience ," Jessica Yu, West Linn High School, West Linn, OR

2017-2018 Winners

  • First Place: "Manhandling / i. lying ghazal / ii. lying ghazal,"  Julia Bohm, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
  • Second Place: "Sext to Absalom / Bildungsroman with Distant Nation / Field Notes on Rough Trade,"  Aidan Forster, SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC
  • Third Place: "Art Tatum: Harmonium / Art Plays a Myth / The Panther Room,"  Darius Atefat-Peckham, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
  • First Place:   "The Seventh Secret," Lilly Hunt, Northpoint Christian School, Southaven, MS
  • Second Place:   "The Cat You Named Remy," Zane Austill, SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC
  • First Place: "PEEL,"  Kelley Liu, Troy High School, Troy, MI
  • Second Place:   "Ruth," Sophie Paquette, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
  • Third Place: "Bingo,"  Katherine Chou, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ

2016–2017 Winners

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  • First Place: "Necessary Roughness / Public Enemy No. 1 / Seoul is singing now,"  Christina Im, Sunset High School, Portland, OR
  • Second Place: "Anaerobic / Kintsugi / Lake-Effect Snow,"  Steven Chung, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA

Fiction 

  • First Place: "Souvenirs,"  Catherine Wang, Chinese International School, Hong Kong
  • Second Place: "House of God,"  Jacqueline He, The Harker School, San Jose, CA

Nonfiction 

  • First Place: "Watermelon Seeds,"  Chaeyeon (Annika) Kim, Dwight Engelewood School, NJ
  • Second Place: "A Trip to Home Depot,"  Carlos Orozco, Sage Hill School, Newport Coast, CA

2015–2016 Winners

  • First Place: "What Made Me / Night Fishing / Dilutions,"  Letitia Chan, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
  • Second Place: "Nanjing Road / Autumn / Glass Familia,"  Helli Fang, Walnut Hill School, Natick, MA
  • First Place: "Reddi-Wip," Walker Caplan, The Lakeside School, Seattle, WA
  • Second Place: "Momma Drove Like a Man,"  Ella Zalon, Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland, CA
  • First Place: "Of Perfumes,"  Addie Glickstein, East High School, Denver, CO
  • Second Place: "Hair,"  Luisa Healey, Hunter College High School, New York, NY

2014–2015 Winners 

  • First Place: "Ebola in Dallas / At Thurgood Marshall / When My Parents Go Out I Eat Breakfast For Dinner and Pee With the Door Open,"  Rachel Calnek-Sugin, Hunter College High School, New York, NY
  • Second Place: "Ling hoards fake eyelashes / Ling traces X's on her collarbone / Ling takes off her left hand wedding ring before she sleeps," Carissa Chen, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
  • Second Place: "Mansions,"  Sophia Gyarmathy, Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL
  • First place: "Motherland,"  Jessica Li, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ
  • Second Place: "Driving Lessons From My Brother,"  Maryam Ahmad, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY

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In the end, nine anonymous short stories were placed before the judge, CHB Mail editor, HB Communities news director and Voyager Award finalist Rachel Wise, who says “I sat down to read the entries with the intention of reading just a couple at a time.

“That was a fail... once I started reading them I couldn’t stop. It was like a box of chocolates - all so different, different voices and different tales to tell. It was a hard choice but The Screw by Araraina came out the winner, with Her Before Tomorrow by Daniel in second place. I had no idea who the writers were, until Shelley announced the winners.

“We have such a lot of writing talent in Central Hawke’s Bay - it’s great to see more of it being nurtured in this way and I can’t wait to see more from Daniel and Araina and their classmates.”

Daniel has now applied for the Te Papa Tupu mentoring programme for aspiring Māori writers, and Araina is looking forward to keeping up with her writing friends. “We’re going to have catch-up days. It will keep me going.

“Writing’s like going to the gym. You don’t want to take the time but when you get there you like it. I used to write to zone out when life was chaotic.. I’ve now realised prevention is better than cure.

“When I’m writing I’m in control, I’m in charge of how it’s going to work out. I’m the master of my own destiny.”

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Second place in the Central Hawke’s Bay EIT creative writers competition - Her Before Tomorrow

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Master the Art of Writing: Top Essay Writing Contests of 2024 for Students

May 20, 2024 | Education

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Showcasing Your Talent: Essay Writing Contests of 2024 for Students

Writing competitions for college students provide an engaging platform for writers to explore topics that excite them. They accomplish several goals. First, contests encourage careful thought organization and provide detailed research and unrestricted creativity. Second, they let participants be a part of a lively writing community. Engaging in such activity offers the captivating prospect of receiving acknowledgment for one’s abilities and the chance to earn travel costs, cash prizes, and scholarships.

Writing is one of those extracurricular hobbies that you can do whenever it’s convenient for you, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. If during the summer break you can easily write essays with the thought “I want to write my paper even better”, then it’s definitely something you enjoy. Moreover, the benefits of involvement don’t stop after taking home the coveted top spot. Many contests offer various awards in different categories, and the judges’ insightful commentary may help you identify areas for growth and advance your writing career. Unquestionably, winning one of these competitions adds prestige to your college application. Want to take part and show your skills? We’ve listed the top contests this year.

Types of Writing Competitions for High School Students

You may discover a writing competition is possible regardless of your skills and academic background. The following are the most well-known categories:

  • Contests for creative writing provide an opportunity to display your skills. Reviewing committees carefully select entries with vivid descriptions and original storylines that grab readers’ attention.
  • Short story competitions, a subgenre of creative writing, offer an engaging challenge: expressing your originality within a word count. This is when your editing and organizing abilities shine.
  • Essay contests for students are common, especially in disciplines like physics, philosophy, and the social sciences. These writing competitions sharpen your critical thinking abilities by making you create a strong thesis statement and thoroughly investigate the subject you have selected.
  • Should you find great satisfaction in rhythm, imagery, and the vivid portrayal of feelings, you have all the necessary elements to excel in a poetry contest.
  • Fiction and nonfiction essay contests for long-form writing provide a special challenge: creating engaging narratives using storytelling devices. Fiction prompts might explore a variety of genres, such as science fiction, fantasy, or historical fiction.

Remember that every submission you make is an invaluable learning opportunity that will help you advance in your writing career, even if you are not successful in every competition.

How Essay Writing Contests Benefit You

Essay writing contests draw authors because of the promise of grand prizes and publication, but participation is valuable regardless of the outcome. These contests provide a unique training ground that enables writers to grow and reach new heights:

  • Essay competitions usually center on specific subjects or prompts. They encourage you to explore new intellectual horizons and try various writing techniques. This constant practice helps you become more adept at crafting compelling stories and improving your writing style.
  • Feedback from judges on submitted entries is a feature of many essay contests. This priceless resource of insightful critique provides an unbiased assessment of your writing abilities and shortcomings.
  • Competitions often come with deadlines, which can be a solid motivator to cultivate a consistent writing routine. Meeting deadlines necessitates discipline and effective time management — essential qualities for any writer.
  • Entering a contest is a low-risk way to get a taste of the publishing world. They enable you to evaluate reader interest in your writing and your level of competition in a particular genre or specialty.
  • Every writing contest entry you enter helps to expand your portfolio. This might be crucial information when contacting editors and literary agencies or applying to writing schools.

Essay competitions offer a gateway to publishing your work — and 2024 presents several promising contests. These competitions aid in establishing a writing portfolio that can support future publication endeavors, grant applications, and even MFA program admissions. Additionally, most competitions offer monetary awards.

Top Contests

Now, let’s look at the most promising contests you can participate in.

The Reedsy Prompts Contest by Reedsy

Genres: Fiction and Short Story

Fiction and short story authors will find The Reedsy Prompts Contest an enticing prospect. Reedsy publishes five writing prompts every Friday that push writers to create gripping stories in only one week. A sizable $250 reward is due to the winning submission. Moreover, writers may include their writing in an upcoming edition of Reedsy’s renowned literary journal, “Prompted.” This is a big first step for those who want to create fiction.

  • Top Prize: $250
  • Additional prizes: $25 credit toward Reedsy editorial services
  • Entry fee: $5
  • Deadline: December 31, 2024

The Reedsy Prompts Contest offers a potent combination of financial reward, professional validation, and a chance to jumpstart your writing career. So, hone your craft, free your creativity, and see if your story can win the day.

ABC Poetry Contest by FanStory

Genres: Poetry

Take the ABC Poetry Contest to see how good you are at poetry. You must write a poem following the alphabet to win this playful competition. Never undervalue the power of wordplay — a well-written and captivating poem may win you $100.

  • Top Prize: $100
  • Entry fee: $10
  • Deadline: July 25, 2024

This contest is perfect for a fun, low-stakes dip into the world of poetry competitions. So why not put your ABCs to the test and see if your poem strikes gold?

Black Orchid Novella Award by Wolfe Pack & Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

Genres: Crime, Mystery, and Novella

Fans of crime and mystery novels can benefit from this contest. Write a gripping tale that pays homage to Nero Wolfe’s heritage by channeling your inner Agatha Christie. If the judges find your composition captivating, you might win a $1,000 prize and have your story published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. It’s a dream opportunity for any writer who loves the mystery genre.

  • Top Prize: $1,000
  • Additional prizes: Publication in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
  • Deadline: May 31, 2024

This prestigious award offers a chance to win a substantial prize and have your work reach a dedicated audience of mystery lovers.

Flash Fiction Contest by Writer Advice

Genres: Flash Fiction

Are you skilled at creating engaging stories in a limited number of words? The Writer Advice Flash Fiction Contest is the only place to look. This prestigious competition seeks outstanding flash fiction submissions of no longer than 750 words. If your brilliant prose wins over the judges, you may be among the five to seven winners who split the $300 prize fund. Additionally, publishing your work might lead to priceless exposure and the growth of your writing career.

  • Additional prizes: Publication
  • Deadline: June 02, 2024

With a low entry fee and the chance to be published alongside a $300 prize pool, Writer Advice’s Flash Fiction Contest is a fantastic opportunity to hone your skills and gain recognition for your bite-sized brilliance.

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry by Lynx House Press

The renowned Lynx House Press is the driving force behind the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. It grants a whopping $2,000 reward in addition to the much sought-after chance to have a full-length poetry book published. This competition is open to both established poets and up-and-coming writers, and it may be the beginning of something quite special.

  • Top Prize: $2,000
  • Entry fee: $28
  • Deadline: June 16, 2024

With a chance to win $2,000 and see your poetry collection published by the esteemed Lynx House Press, the Blue Lynx Prize is a dream come true for any poet.

Maximize Your Contest Experience

It’s crucial to remember that the competitions are only a tiny portion of the fantastic essay writing opportunities out there. If you do the necessary research, you’ll find various options carefully crafted to fit your unique writing style and areas of interest.

The advice that follows will be constructive in making the most of your contest experience:

  • Examine the Guidelines. Each tournament has unique rules and participation requirements. Before submitting your work, make sure that it complies with these standards.
  • Keeping deadlines is crucial. Procrastination can hinder your chances of winning a contest. Make reasonable writing plans and turn in your work well before the due date.
  • Editing and proofreading are required. Grammar mistakes and typos may taint even the best-written work. Give yourself enough time to make sure your submission is flawless and error-free.
  • Accept Experimentation. Investigate other subjects and styles and venture outside your comfort zone. This investigation might result in producing a masterpiece that wins a prize.

Persistence is frequently the key to success in essay writing competitions. Don’t give up if you don’t win every contest you enter. Think of every competition as a teaching tool, improve your work with every entry in cooperation with the best essay writer services , and never give up on your dream of being a writer.

Essay writing competitions provide an excellent environment for beginning and seasoned authors to develop their skills, get noticed, and connect with a larger literary community. Utilizing the tools and knowledge offered in this manual, you may set off on a fruitful path that will propel your writing to unprecedented levels. So grab a pencil and let your imagination go wild.

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Writing South Carolina Volume 11

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The Honors College is proud to showcase selections from the 11th annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest. Featuring submissions from high school juniors and seniors from across the state, the works are edited by Honors students from our SCHC 384 course.

Bright and strong, the tall goldenrod is South Carolina’s state wildflower. We think Solidago altissima also represents our state’s best young writers. Here are 18 of them, each of whom composed an original response to our annual question, “How can we make South Carolina better?” Read on and take heart. These writers are bright and strong indeed.

First Place – My Name, My Roots, My Home by Dayanara Reyes

Second Place – I Promise, You're Not Forgotten by Zayd Kidwai

Third Place – "Hands Up!" by Brookelynn Little

Honorable Mention – A Queer Child's Lullaby by Lily Heiner

Argumentative Essays

Savoring Heritage, Saving Health by Kensley Green

Education and the Role It Plays in the Development of Democracy by Brantley Metcalf

Navigating Towards Equity: We Need to Inspire Change by Raghav Pallapothu

The Red Flood of Ignorance by Davies Roberts

Education Inequality: The Need for Reform by Justin Schlag

Dollars for Scholars by Sophia Strobel

Thirty-One Seconds by Shaina Dashiell

Tangled Love by Catherine Milburn

The Dealer's Daughter by Kendall Pifer

Personal Essays

State-Owned by Abigail Bailey

Chronology of My Neighborhood by Avelyn Bailey

Roadkills by Kimora Brown

The State of My Identity by Eunwoo Choi

Subarus, Trucks, Giraffes, and Unity by Kristin Rotchford

Acknowledgements

The annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest wouldn’t be possible without other individuals and organizations. We thank South Carolina Honors College alumnus  Thad Westbrook , the  Pat Conroy Literary Center  (Jonathan Haupt, executive director); the  South Carolina State Library  (Leesa Aiken, director);  South Carolina Academy of Authors (Wilmot Irvin, chair); and the  South Carolina Writers Association  (Ash Smith, president). We also thank Felicia Mitchell , grand judge for this year’s contest, and the many high school guidance counselors and teachers who encouraged students to submit. The students in the fall 2023 semester of SCHC 384, Finding Your Voice: Writing and Editing for Life, were the first editors of volume 11. They are Alex Alleyne, Allison DeHart, Catherine DeMino, Lauren Douglas, Abigail Elliott, Seth Gould, Isabel Jordan, Hannah Augsbach Lamma, Sanskruti Patel, Paul Ward Pratz, Ronnie Rahenkamp, Rylyn Reynolds, Alexis Simpson, Caroline Smith and Kennedy Westendorff. 

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Gagarin cup (khl) finals:  atlant moscow oblast vs. salavat yulaev ufa.

Much like the Elitserien Finals, we have a bit of an offense vs. defense match-up in this league Final.  While Ufa let their star top line of Alexander Radulov, Patrick Thoresen and Igor Grigorenko loose on the KHL's Western Conference, Mytischi played a more conservative style, relying on veterans such as former NHLers Jan Bulis, Oleg Petrov, and Jaroslav Obsut.  Just reaching the Finals is a testament to Atlant's disciplined style of play, as they had to knock off much more high profile teams from Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg to do so.  But while they did finish 8th in the league in points, they haven't seen the likes of Ufa, who finished 2nd. 

This series will be a challenge for the underdog, because unlike some of the other KHL teams, Ufa's top players are generally younger and in their prime.  Only Proshkin amongst regular blueliners is over 30, with the work being shared by Kirill Koltsov (28), Andrei Kuteikin (26), Miroslav Blatak (28), Maxim Kondratiev (28) and Dmitri Kalinin (30).  Oleg Tverdovsky hasn't played a lot in the playoffs to date.  Up front, while led by a fairly young top line (24-27), Ufa does have a lot of veterans in support roles:  Vyacheslav Kozlov , Viktor Kozlov , Vladimir Antipov, Sergei Zinovyev and Petr Schastlivy are all over 30.  In fact, the names of all their forwards are familiar to international and NHL fans:  Robert Nilsson , Alexander Svitov, Oleg Saprykin and Jakub Klepis round out the group, all former NHL players.

For Atlant, their veteran roster, with only one of their top six D under the age of 30 (and no top forwards under 30, either), this might be their one shot at a championship.  The team has never won either a Russian Superleague title or the Gagarin Cup, and for players like former NHLer Oleg Petrov, this is probably the last shot at the KHL's top prize.  The team got three extra days rest by winning their Conference Final in six games, and they probably needed to use it.  Atlant does have younger regulars on their roster, but they generally only play a few shifts per game, if that. 

The low event style of game for Atlant probably suits them well, but I don't know how they can manage to keep up against Ufa's speed, skill, and depth.  There is no advantage to be seen in goal, with Erik Ersberg and Konstantin Barulin posting almost identical numbers, and even in terms of recent playoff experience Ufa has them beat.  Luckily for Atlant, Ufa isn't that far away from the Moscow region, so travel shouldn't play a major role. 

I'm predicting that Ufa, winners of the last Superleague title back in 2008, will become the second team to win the Gagarin Cup, and will prevail in five games.  They have a seriously well built team that would honestly compete in the NHL.  They represent the potential of the league, while Atlant represents closer to the reality, as a team full of players who played themselves out of the NHL. 

  • Atlant @ Ufa, Friday Apr 8 (3:00 PM CET/10:00 PM EST)
  • Atlant @ Ufa, Sunday Apr 10 (1:00 PM CET/8:00 AM EST)
  • Ufa @ Atlant, Tuesday Apr 12 (5:30 PM CET/12:30 PM EST)
  • Ufa @ Atlant, Thursday Apr 14 (5:30 PM CET/12:30 PM EST)

Games 5-7 are as yet unscheduled, but every second day is the KHL standard, so expect Game 5 to be on Saturday, like an early start. 

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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A poetry competition to inspire children and young adults and get them writing about nature and the world around them.

Extended Closing Date June 07, 2024

Crazy Creatures is a mini saga writing contest guaranteed to get elementary school students excited about writing!

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  1. Competitions

    We run poetry and creative writing competitions throughout the year for Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK and USA. Let's make writing fun! | YW USA | SPaG Monsters. SPaG [email ... The Young Writers Annual Showcase 2024. 4-18 Year-Olds. Celebrate your pupils' best pieces of writing from this academic year! Closing Date Friday 13th ...

  2. The Young Writers' Annual Showcase 2023

    The Young Writers Annual Showcase is an amazing way to celebrate your students' hard work & creativity by giving them the chance for their outstanding pieces to be published in a real book alongside other children & young adults from across the United States. From stories and poems to blog posts and essays you (or your students) can choose any ...

  3. The Young Writers Annual Showcase 2024

    The Young Writers Annual Showcase 2024 has a 1,000-word limit, so let your pupils' talent shine! . "I was really excited when I found out I had won the competition and got my trophy. I love seeing my writing in the book and it was lots of fun to enter!" Iris Bosworth (7) (5-7 year-olds category winner)

  4. Poetry & Creative Writing For Schools

    1. Use the amazing FREE resources and engaging themes to inspire children to get writing. View Competitions. 2. Send children's work to Young Writers - our editors read every poem and story we receive! 3. It's time to celebrate as children become authors published in a real book! 4.

  5. Young Writers

    Over25 years'experience. Established in 1991 in a small warehouse in Eastern England, Young Writers has blossomed into a worldwide brand! Today, Young Writers is still a family-run business, but on a much bigger scale than its humble beginnings. "The students were so excited to do this contest! They were all engaged and even worked at home.

  6. Poetry & Creative Writing For Schools

    Young Writers runs national writing competitions for schools, helping to turn imagination and creativity into confidence and writing ability. We support teachers up and down the country by creating meaningful writing competitions, themes, outstanding resources and awarding brilliant prizes. Together we can engage and inspire the imaginations of ...

  7. Once Upon A Dream 2024 creative writing competition for 7-12 year-olds

    Our 10 favourite published writers will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag! PLUS. Every entrant receives a bookmark and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication. (School and pupil winners will be selected from entries received in the Summer Term 2024 and will be chosen the following term.

  8. MFP22 Competitions

    We run poetry and creative writing competitions throughout the year for Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK and USA. Let's make writing fun! | YW USA | SPaG Monsters. SPaG [email protected] | 01733 890066 | Log In. Competitions ... Young Writers is a proud member of the ...

  9. The 2024 BBC Young Writers' Award turns 10! Submissions Now Open!

    Entries close at 9am (GMT), Monday 25th March 2024. The BBC Young Writers' Award is open to writers between the ages of 14-18 years. Entry instructions and T&Cs are available here. Click here ...

  10. Middle & High Contests

    A poetry competition to inspire children and young adults and get them writing about nature and the world around them. Closing Date. May 24, 2024. Schools Parents. View our poetry & writing contests for Middle & High grades, making them perfect for all students aged 10 to 18. Enter our free contests today.

  11. 25 Writing Contests and Publication Opportunities for Teens

    Susquehanna University and the Writers Institute initiative invite high school students to submit fiction, memoir, personal essay , poetry and photography for the thirty-ninth volume of Apprentice Writer, which will be published in the fall of 2021. Deadline: submissions are accepted from September 15 , 2020 to March 15 2021.

  12. All Ages Contests

    The Big Green Poetry Machine. All Ages. A poetry competition to inspire children and young adults and get them writing about nature and the world around them. Closing Date. May 24, 2024. View our poetry & writing contests for all grades, making them perfect for all students. Enter our free contests today.

  13. The ultimate guide to competitions for young writers 2022

    Young Poets' Competition. Organised by the Wells Festival of Literature, which celebrates its 30 th anniversary in 2022, this competition looks for poems on any subjects but not more than 35 lines long. First second and third places all win cash awards, plus a year's subscription to the Poetry Society. You must be between 16 and 22 years ...

  14. SOS Sagas: Hunted 2023

    Outlast. Outwit. SOS Sagas: Hunted is here to get your students' gripped with writing as they create their own thrilling mini saga - a story told in up to 100 words. Empower your students to write enthralling tales using tension, suspense, and atmosphere. Download the lesson plan that covers these techniques along with the inspirational story ...

  15. The Glitch

    The possibilities are endless, allowing your students to write about what inspires them, which will lead to engaged, confident writers. The 100-word limit takes away the fear of long-form writing, allowing them to focus on the action and carefully considering their word choices. Download the fantastic, free resources to help your students plan ...

  16. All Ages Competitions

    Closing Date: Thursday 1st Jan 1970. Competition Terms & Conditions. We run poetry and creative writing competitions throughout the year for Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK and USA. Let's make writing fun!

  17. The ultimate guide to competitions for young writers 2023

    The ultimate guide to competitions for young writers 2023 . ... Organised by the Azerbaijani Community in the United Kingdom, this award is for art and creative writing and was set up as part of the 30th anniversary commemoration of the Khojaly massacre in Azerbaijan in 1992. If you are a UK resident aged between 7 and 17 (the award is divided ...

  18. Welcome to the 2024 KET Young Writers Contest!

    Review the rights associated with the Young Writers Contest. ... Creative Writing Toolkits. Toolkits with classroom-ready lessons to introduce Graphic Novel, Poetry, Illustrated Story and Short Story experiences in your learning spaces. 600 Cooper Drive Lexington, KY 40502 859.258.7000 800.432.0951 Para información en español: 859.258.7009

  19. Young Writers Awards

    About the Contest. Bennington College has a unique literary legacy, including twelve Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, four MacArthur Geniuses, countless New York Times bestsellers, and two of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.. In celebration of this legacy, Bennington launched the Young Writers Awards to promote excellence in writing at the high school level.

  20. Young and Teen Writers Workshops

    Students will work on their craft and meet and learn from professional authors and artists. We offer two workshops: The Young Writers Workshop accepts applications from creative writers entering 5th through 8th grades. The 2024 YWW will meet on weekday afternoons, July 8-19. The Teen Writers Workshop accepts applications from creative writers ...

  21. Creative writing competition: Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2024

    The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize was set up in 2017, and is an international competition for original, unpublished short fiction on any theme or subject. There are prizes of £200 £100 and £75, and a longlist of up to 20 writers will be published in an anthology. The judging panel consists of Abi Hynes, Iqbal Hussain and Laura Coleman.

  22. Central Hawke's Bay training up more creative writers

    Araina Te Atua-Tipene, left, took out first place in the CHB ACE Creative Writers' Course competition, just ahead of classmate Daniel Hapi, right. A few months ago a woman approached Central ...

  23. | American SPCC

    Writing competitions for college students provide an engaging platform for writers to explore topics that excite them. They accomplish several goals. First, contests encourage careful thought organization and provide detailed research and unrestricted creativity. Second, they let participants be a part of a lively writing community.

  24. Writing South Carolina Volume 11

    The students in the fall 2023 semester of SCHC 384, Finding Your Voice: Writing and Editing for Life, were the first editors of volume 11. They are Alex Alleyne, Allison DeHart, Catherine DeMino, Lauren Douglas, Abigail Elliott, Seth Gould, Isabel Jordan, Hannah Augsbach Lamma, Sanskruti Patel, Paul Ward Pratz, Ronnie Rahenkamp, Rylyn Reynolds ...

  25. KS2 English: Write a script

    This short film presents a real-world context for writing a script and challenges children to write a short script for a TV show. The presenter, Naomi Wilkinson, is on the set studio of a popular ...

  26. Elektrostal Map

    Elektrostal is a city in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located 58 kilometers east of Moscow. Elektrostal has about 158,000 residents. Mapcarta, the open map.

  27. Gagarin Cup Preview: Atlant vs. Salavat Yulaev

    Much like the Elitserien Finals, we have a bit of an offense vs. defense match-up in this league Final. While Ufa let their star top line of Alexander Radulov, Patrick Thoresen and Igor Grigorenko loose on the KHL's Western Conference, Mytischi played a more conservative style, relying on veterans such as former NHLers Jan Bulis, Oleg Petrov, and Jaroslav Obsut.

  28. primary-7-12 Competitions

    Get FREE writing tips sent straight to your inbox! Subscribe. Tips will be added here each week that the competition is running. We run poetry and creative writing competitions throughout the year for Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK and USA. Let's make writing fun!

  29. Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and Museum

    Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar ...

  30. Elementary Contests

    Elementary. Crazy Creatures is a mini saga writing contest guaranteed to get elementary school students excited about writing! Closing Date. May 24, 2024. Schools Parents. View our poetry & writing contests for Elementary grades, making them perfect for all students aged 6 to 12. Enter our free contests today.