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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/

SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS FOR CURRENT WRITERS 

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!

THE YOUTH FAIR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

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.

NOTE ENTRIES TO SCHOLASTIC COUNT AS YOUTH FAIR SUBMISSIONS

LA PLUME YOUNG WRITER'S CONTEST

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.

THE JUNIPER LITERARY PRIZES WORLDWIDE RESIDENTS 

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.

INKITT WRITING CONTEST FOR NOVEL PUBLISHING DEALS  

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.  

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