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    Writing Opportunities


    Type of Opportunity: Personal Challenge

    Requirements: None, available worldwide

    Prize: None

    Deadline: None

    Fee: None

    Recommended for: Beginners and/or those who are interested in writing longer pieces (novels/novellas)

    What is it? Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month, takes place every November, and its purpose is to challenge students to write a novel in 30 days. Once you create an account, you are able to track your progress, and it encourages you to write every day. even if it's just a few hundred words. Nanowrimo is extremely fun, easy to take part in, and can be a joint adventure with a friend!

    Learn more at: https://nanowrimo.org/
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    Type of Opportunity: Competition

    Requirements: Ages 13+, must live in the U.S., in a U.S. territory, or attend an American School

    Prize(s): Scholarships, medals, certificates, published results

    Deadline: December 2019 (regional deadlines may vary; check website for details) 

    Fee: $5 per entry

    Recommended for: Students with some writing experience and interest in writing in different genres

    What is it? The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a nation-wide competition available for students ages 13 to 18. It offers several categories for entry including essays, novels, short stories, and poetry. Scholastic grants regional awards and offers the possibility of competing nationally. As students who have submitted and received awards in the past two years, we can say it is a great writing opportunity. All you need to do is register, write, and submit!

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    Type of Opportunity: Competition

    Requirements: Must be submitted through a school, any age to 18 

    Prize(s): Scholarships, ribbons

    Deadline: January 2020 

    Fee: None

    Recommended for: All ages and levels

    What is it? The Youth Fair is a local competition for residents of Miami-Dade County. Literary works including short stories and poetry can be submitted. There is a limit on the number of pages. Works are judged individually and receive colored ribbons representing first, second, and third place. Other awards can be earned as well, including the Judges' Award. Works are on display after the results are announced.


    Note: Works submitted to Scholastic will receive the corresponding Youth Fair ribbons according to the Scholastic placing.


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    Type of Opportunity: Competition

    Requirements: Live in Miami-Dade County and be in 3rd to 12th grade. There are word limits/requirements depending on the student's grade.

    Prize(s): All prizes are presented at an award ceremony. The Grand Prize includes publishing of the work along with a cash prize and plaque. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place recipients receive a plaque and a cash prize. Honorable mention recipients receive a certificate. Finalists and Achievers received a personalized medal and diploma. All award recipients are eligible to attend free Creative Writing workshops and a free Master Class.

    Deadline: May 31st, 2019 for registration, first day of school in August 2019 for submission

    Fee: $10, only one entry is permitted 


    Recommended for: Elementary from 3rd grade, Middle School and High School writers 

    What is it? The La Plume Young Writer's Contest is a local competition available for students in Elementary School from 3rd grade to High School students (from 12th grade). Any genre of short stories/poetry can be submitted, but there is a word count limit. Works are ranked against the other submissions in each of the three levels. The awards include a Grand Prize ,1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in each level, along with Honorable Mention and Achievement Recognition Awards. Free Creative Writing workshops and a Master Class are also available for all participants. As a student who has submitted and earned two awards, I can definitely say that it is a great competition to participate in and a fantastic opportunity for writers of all levels.

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    Type of Opportunity: Competition

    Requirements: The literary work must be written in English

    Prize (s): Scholarships, publishing 

    Deadline: Digital submission between August 1 and September 30

    Fee: $30 for the entry


    Recommended for: Writers with some experience

    What is it? The Juniper Literary Prize is a worldwide competition for short stories, novels, and creative non-fiction. Multiple submissions may be submitted digitally. Although we have not participated in this competition, it is a well known competition that offers numerous awards. Regulations and more information can be found at the website below.


    Type of Opportunity: Challenge, publishing opportunity

    Requirements: None

    Prize (s): $300 USD, publishing deals

    Deadline: None

    Fee: None


    Recommended for: All levels of writers 

    What is it? Inkitt Writing Competition is similar to Nanowrimo as it is an opportunity to write a novel and possibly earn prizes without competing with others. Through the site, you can write and submit novels, some of which earn publishing deals. You can also explore other stories and join communities based on your interests. It is an accessible and fun competition which we hope to participate in soon, and is great for writers of all experiences and ages.