Category Archives: Teen Writing Contests and Fellowships

Information about teen writing contest and fellowships for teens.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Deadline: Mid October 2019

Teen Writing Competition- Young Arts Mentorship Program


Are you ready for a chance of a lifetime? Why not give the Young Arts Mentorship Program a shot! Young Arts is a mentorship opportunity for students who have a passion for the arts. Below are the categories for writing.


The application period has opened and now it’s time for you to take the opportunity of a lifetime. The mentorship program also includes performing arts ( dance, theater, music (classical and Jazz) plus vocal and instrumental music) cinematic arts, photography, design, and of course several writing categories. You have to be between 15 to 18 years old enter.

What’s in it for you?

  • Prizes: Up to $10,000 in prizes
  • Master classes with accomplished artists
  • Become eligible for a nomination for a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • A Lifetime of mentorship
  • National recognition

Deadline is mid October. For more details and to hear excepts from past winners go to for more information.

Take a chance and apply! Be fearless! Good luck!

$10,000 Prize Writing Competition for High School Seniors



Here’s a great writing opportunity for seniors.

Creative Writing Awards in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books

Penguin Random House is passionate about encouraging the next generation of readers and authors and promoting diverse voices and stories. Here’s you chance to win $10,000 for college!

 This contest is for public high school students for original poetry, memoir/personal essay, fiction/drama, and spoken-word compositions. 


$10,000 Maya Angelou Award for Spoken-Word Poetry $10,000 Poetry
$10,000 Fiction/Drama
$10,000 Personal Essay/Memoir50 Honorable Mention recipients will receive a “Creativity Kit” gift from Penguin 

Scholarship awards will be made by Penguin Random House to your choice of post-secondary educational institution. Awards will be payable over four years.

Be current high school seniors at a public high school in one of the United States of America, including the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, age 21 years and under, graduating in spring 2019.


Your application must be submitted on or before 3:00 p.m. Central Time on April 15, 2019


Teen Writing Competition- SPJ / JEA High School Essay Contest



This essay contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, invites students to consider the importance of independent media.  9th–12th grades are eligible. 

Students submit 300–500 word essays based on this prompt What is the role and importance of the Fourth Estate in American society?

Prize: $1000

Deadline: February 22, 2019

Good luck!

Annual Signet Writing Competition


Penguin Random House offers an essay writing competition every year  This year’s book is Hickleberry Finn by Mark Twain. 

The deadline is April but why not get an early start? The submissions window opened in July so why not get a heard start? Below are the topics for this years competition. Select one topic.


Select one of the following five topics:

  1. Huck and Jim are the novel’s protagonists, but can they also be called heroes? What qualities do they possess that make them such? How do they prove themselves through their actions?
  2. The dialect used in the book, particularly the racial slurs, has long been controversial. How does the use of dialect add to or take away from the book as a work of literature? Give examples.
  3. How does Huck’s attitude toward Jim change over the course of the novel? Discuss some incidents that illustrate the evolution of their relationship.
  4. Huck begins with enormous disadvantages. He is orphaned and abused, often homeless, and poorly educated. What personality traits, skills, and talents help him to rise above his circumstances?
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been banned from a number of schools across the nation. Critics cite the immoral behavior of the characters and racism as reasons to keep the book away from students. What are your reactions to these criticisms? What arguments can you give against banning the book?

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Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Prize: 5 Winners will win $1000 for college

Teen Writing Competition – John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest


Here’s an essay competition I just found with a top prize of $10,000 and a trip to Boston!This annual contest invites students to write about a political official’s act of political courage that occurred after Kennedy’s birth.  Students must submit 700–1000 word essays. 9th–12th grades can submit an essay for this competition.

Go to for more information.

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Prize: $10,000 an a trip to Boston.