Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition (Novel Writing & Personal Essay/Memoir)


Novel Writing

To enter this category submit an excerpt from your novel that is no longer than 3,000 words as well as the completed novel in a PDF. Please include a brief summary of the entire novel. Below are the guidelines:

  1. Your submissions must be excerpted from completed manuscripts. Your submission must include a PDF of the full novel. The excerpt should not be longer than 3,000 words.
  2. Include brief summary (250 words or less) of the entire novel. The summary is meant to provide readers with an understanding of the full scope, themes, arc, and plot of your novel. The summary does not count toward the maximum word limit.
  3. Submissions must be uploaded to your student account at  registration page.
  4. Mail the form and fee to the address on the upper right hand corner of your submission from.
  5. You do NOT have to mail manuscripts with the form and fee.
  6. Your name and school must NOT appear on the submission.
  7. Adaptations of or sequels to existing published series are not accepted.

Personal Essay & Memoir

This category is a non-fiction category. The work must be a non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event.

Essays in which humor is the key element should be submitted to the humor category. There is a 500–3,000 words limit for your story. for more information. 

Teen Writing Competition- Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition (Critical Essay and Dramatic Script)


Here are the guidelines for Critical Essay and the Dramatic Script categories

Critical Essay

Category Description ( from the Scholastics site)

Writing intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc.

Special Instructions

Sources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count. The word count is 500–3,000 words.

Dramatic Script

Category Description

Work that uses dialogue, action and stage direction to tell a story, including scripts for television, film, or stage.

Special Instructions

Excerpts can be submitted, but should be clearly labeled as excerpts. 500–3,000 words. If the script exceeds 3000 words, provide a 250-word summary and attach full script PDF.

Good luck! Be creative and have some fun! Deadlines for the New York area usually fall around mid December but check the website for exact dates.

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Teen Writing Competition (The Senior Portfolio)


The following is the information for the writing portfolio. This one is worth checking out. The grand prize is $10,000 bucks, a gold medal, and bragging rights.

Writing Portfolio

(For Graduating Seniors Only)

Category Description
A series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.

Graduating Seniors may submit up to two Writing Portfolios, but may not submit the same work in both portfolios.

Special Instructions
The word count for each piece submitted in a writing portfolio should adhere to the length limits listed in each individual category. The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).

  • The Writing Portfolio may include a writer’s statement. The statement should be at least 50 words and answer the following questions:
    • Why did you select the work you submitted for your Writing Portfolio?
    • How do you hope people will react when they read your work?
    • What role does writing play in your life?
  • Writer’s statements may be entered on the “Create Portfolio” page.
  • Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Short Story, Critical Essay, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
  • Seniors may resubmit writing submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Writing Portfolio.
  • Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.
  • Novel Writing, Video Game Design, and Future New works cannot be included in portfolio submissions. for more information.

Teen Writing Competition- Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition


Now that the Young Arts Competition deadline has pasted it’s time to gear up or write up for the Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition. With 29 arts and writing categories there are lots of writing genres to choose from. The writing competitions are listed below: Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Short Story.

For Seniors only. Writing Portfolio.

If you want to enter you must be between the ages of 13 and up and in grades 7 to 12 year old and enrolled in public, private or home school.

There are no prompts that you are required to respond to so select one of your best works and give it a try. I have lots of writing and picture prompt here on this blog for you to select from it you need any help.

Deadline: Vary you should check the site for more information.

Prizes: Gold, and Silver medals plus cash prizes up from $1000 to $10,000 for presidential scholars.

Go to for more information. Good luck and happy writing!



Teen Writing Competition- Scholastics Arts & Writing Competition (Flash Fiction and Humor)


Here are two more category descriptions for the Scholastics Arts and writing Competition Flash Fiction and Humor categories taken from the Scholastics site.

Flash Fiction

Category DescriptionHighly-focused stories characterized by concise words.

Special InstructionsPlease note word length for Flash Fiction compared to Short Story. Stories in which humor or science fiction/fantasy are key elements should be submitted in those respective categories. Story length should be a maximum of 1,000 words


Category DescriptionWriting that uses comedic forms such as jokes, satire, farce, irony, parody, absurdity,  comedic anecdote, etc.

Special InstructionsAll work in which humor is the key element should be submitted in this category.

Story length should be 500–3,000 words

Go to for more information.

Young Arts Mentorship Program – The Short Story



If you’re more into writing short stories here are the guidelines for the short story submissions for the Young Arts Mentorship Program.

  • Two (2) separate pieces of writing.
  • Total submission not to exceed 20 pages.
  • Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included

I hope you take time to enter this competition. It’s a GREAT opportunity! Take a share and go for your dream.

For more information go to

Deadline: mid October

Young Arts Mentorship Program – Poetry



Now if you write poetry here are the guidelines for the poetry portion for the Young Arts Mentorship Program.

  • You can submit up to four separate poems.
  • Total work sample not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included.

Go to Young for more information.

Deadline: mid October

Young Arts Mentorship Program -Play or Script



One (1) script for dramatic performance not to exceed a total of 20 pages.o Scripts for musicals are not permitted. No illustrations please.

  • If it is an excerpt and not the complete script, it must be preceded by a synopsis of no more than 200 words explaining how the excerpt fits into the play as a whole.
  • Combined synopsis and excerpt must not exceed 20 pages.
  • Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included.
  • Title page, character list, set list, etc. are not required

Deadline: Mid October

Go to for more information.

Teen Young Arts Mentorship Program – The Novel



This one is for writers who are working on a novel. And yes, 15 year olds can write a novel. You can do anything you put your mind to so go for it!

Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon was only 14 years old when he wrote the first book in his series about dragons. Marley Dias is 13 years old when she published her book Marley Dias Get it Done so what are you waiting for?

Below are the requirements for submitting your novel.

  • One (1) 200-word synopsis of the novel.
  • One (1) excerpt, to include the first opening 20 pages of the novel.
  • Total synopsis and excerpt not to exceed 21 pages.
  • Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included.

Deadline is mid October. Go to for more information.


Young Arts Mentorship Program- Creative NonFiction





Okay, I thought I start breaking it all down for you. If you’re a crate nonfiction writer here the the guidelines required for your submission for creative nonfiction.

  • Two separate pieces of writing no longer than 20 pages.
  • You can submit a memoir, creative essay or something autobiographical.
  • Submissions must be in English but if a portion is in another language a translation must be available.

The link below connects you to the downloadable pdf file with additional guidelines for your submission.

Go to for more information.

Deadline: Mid October 2019