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A Complete Masterlist of Publications, Competitions, and Programs for Young Writers Ordered By Deadlines/Alphabetical Order 


[I will try to update this as frequently as possible, but if you see something really outdated or wrong, please comment!!!]

This list is divided into:

I. Contests [organized by DEADLINES STARTING JAN.]
  1. Academic AND creative writing
  2. Creative writing only
    1. Free-Form (poetry, prose in any style about any topic)
    2. Specific (themed works, genre works, specific poetry forms, etc)
  3. Academic writing only
II. Publications [organized in ALPHABETICAL ORDER]
  1. Creative Writing only
    1. Student-run and student-friendly
      1. For specific audiences 
    2. Not student-run, still student-friendly 
  2. Academic writing only
III. Additional Opportunities
IV. Summer Programs



One last thing: if there is no mention of a fee in the description, assume there is none.


(Shameless plug, sorry)
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  • Open: on a rolling basis
  • Fiction, poetry, art, reviews, standalone novel excerpts, etc welcome :)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, horror, slipstream, etc
  • Or join the team!! Just fill out a quick Google Form

And announcing the 2020 Wintermute Young Writers Spec-Fic Awards !!!!
  • Writers between the ages of 14-19
  • $3 submission fee that goes towards this contest itself, and maintaining/expanding Wintermute
  • Professional speculative fiction authors judging the winners
  • Prose only up to 4500 words
  • Winners receive cash prize, book of their choice, etc.





Contests


Contests that are specific to ONE state or region of the US are NOT INCLUDED. (Look up local or state contests for even more opportunities!!!)


The following contests are open to BOTH creative and academic writing: 


  • Deadlines: varies by region, usually Sep - Dec every year
  • Fees: $7 per work, fee waivers available
  • Educator needed to sign off on forms 


  • Deadlines: varies for different contests throughout the year
  • Examples of contests include poetry, editorials, reviews, etc 


Write the World Competitions
  • Deadlines: monthly



Creative (competitions in poetry, fiction, etc)

Free-Form



Ringling "Storytellers of Tomorrow" Contest
  • Deadlines: Jan 
  • Literary, genre, and non-fic short stories 


Columbia College Young Authors Competition
  • Deadlines: Jan 
  • Poetry, fic, creative non-fic 


Counterclock Writer's Awards
  • Deadlines: Feb 
  • Fees: $3 to enter
  • Poetry and fiction 


  • Deadline: Feb


Northern Writer's Awards
  • Deadlines: Feb 
  • Winners must attend ceremony in the UK


Hunger Mountain Young Writers Prize
  • Deadlines: March 


  • Deadlines: March 
  • Poetry, flash fic, and short story 


  • Deadlines: April 16 
  • Fic, non-fic, poetry 


The Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose
  • Deadlines: April 30
  • Fees: $12/work, fee waivers available 


Poetry Matters "Poetry Month Challenge"
  • Deadlines: April 30


  • Deadlines: April 30
  • short stories/prose up to 300 words 


Ket Young Writers Contest
  • Deadlines: May 1
  • Short story and/or a poem 


Junebug Journal Young Artists Contest
  • Deadlines: May 1
  • all creative forms 


Winter Tangerine Awards
  • Deadlines: July
  • For emerging writers


1455 Teen Poetry Contest
  • Deadlines: July


Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
  • Deadlines: July 16
  • Fees: first poem free, 1.75 euros for each additional poem
  • 40 line limit for poems
  • Winners invited to festival in UK


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
  • Deadlines: July 31
  • Unlimited poetry submissions


  • Deadlines: Oct 16
  • Fees: $35 per category, fee waivers available
  • all creative forms 


Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
  • For high-school women
  • Deadlines: Oct


Princeton University Leonard L. Milberg '53 High School Poetry Prize
  • Juniors only 
  • Deadlines: Fall (Sep - Nov)


  • Deadlines: Opens Nov 
  • Short stories centered around the teenage experience 


Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize
  • Deadlines: Nov 30


  • Deadlines: Nov
  • Fic, non-fic, poetry 


Smith College High School Poetry Prize
  • Deadlines: Dec
  • Poetry max 25 lines


River of Words
  • Deadlines: Dec
  • Poetry 


Rider University High School Writing Contest 
  • Deadlines: Dec
  • Personal essay, fic, poetry 


Just Poetry National Quarterly
  • Deadlines: Summer Issue - March 31; Fall Issue - June 30; Winter Issue - Sep 30; Spring Issue - Dec 31

Others (on hiatus or currently closed for submissions):

Penn State Lake Effect High School Poetry Competition - closed currently
Lake Superior State University Short Story Contest - on hiatus for 2019/20 school year



Specific 


Six Word Memoirs
  • Deadlines: monthly 


  • NOTE: Contest is NOT geared specifically towards students, but students have placed in the past
  • Deadlines: contest has 4 quarters, each of which start on the following dates - Jan 1, April 1, July 30, and Oct 1 
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and dark fantasy fiction 


  • Deadlines: Jan
  • Prose or poetry, must be outdoor-oriented 


Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest
  • Deadlines: Feb
  • Prose or poetry 


Arizona Mystery Writers: Ann Hutchison Memorial Story Contest for Youth
  • Deadlines: Feb
  • Mystery short fiction 


  • Deadlines: Feb
  • Word count must be EXACTLY 1000


Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest
  • Deadlines: late Feb 
  • Themes based on Carl Sandburg's poetry 


NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing
  • Juniors only
  • Deadlines: Feb
  • Must be nominated by school's English department
  • One themed writing response, and one sample freeform writing from student


Manning Trust Student Poetry Competition
  • Deadlines: March 
  • Must submit poetry through your own state 


    Haiku Society of America: The Nicholas A Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition
    • Deadlines: March 


    • NOTE: Contest is NOT geared specifically towards students, but students have won in the past
    • Deadlines: April 15 
    • Themed entry: "Forging" 


    Never Such Innocence
    • Deadlines: May 1
    • Theme: impact of conflict on communities


    • Deadlines: May 1
    • Stories must have elements of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, supernatural, or alternate history elements


    • NOTE: Contest is NOT geared specifically towards students, but students have won in the past 
    • Deadlines: May 13
    • Fees: 6.50 euros for one poem, 12 for 2, 16 for 3, 20 for 5, 35 for 10
    • NOTE: Link seems to be faulty, not sure why. A quick Internet search should show this contest 


    Pulitzer Center Poetry Contest
    • Deadlines: May 15
    • Must select an article from the Pulitzer Center website and use lines from it in your poem; responding to current events 


    The Legacy Project
    • Deadlines: May 15
    • Listen to a grandparent's life story and write in response to it


    Young Writers Contest - Writing for Peace
    • Deadlines: June 1
    • Fic or poetry written from the perspective of another country/culture
    • Non-fic about sociopolitical/environmental/familial challenges faced by cultural groups or personal experience with another culture 


    Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest
    • Deadlines: June 15
    • Poetry/prose raising awareness about climate change and potential solutions 


    Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
    • Deadlines: July 1
    • Explore/illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit in your poetry (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)


    Fitzgerald Literary Contest
    • Deadlines: Dec
    • Fic, poetry, multi-genre works responding to a theme 


    Society of Classical Poets FoFC Poetry Contest
    • Deadlines: Dec
    • Fees: $10 (comes with a free subscription to the Society's e-newsletter and a certificate in classical poetry)
    • Traditional poetry techniques and rhyme 

    Others (on hiatus or currently closed for submissions):

    ukiahaiku Festival: on hiatus
    The Writing Conference: taking a break for the 2019/20 school year






    Academic (essay writing, etc)




    Profile in Courage Essay Contest
    • Deadlines: Jan
    • Research essay about an act of political courage in history 


    Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
    • Deadlines: March
    • Examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics 


    American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest
    • Deadlines: April
    • Themed essay about government 


    • Deadelines: April 6
    • Research essay with prompts about diplomacy, peacebuilding, government


    We the Students Essay Contest
    • Deadlines: April 15
    • Civil discourse 


    World Historian Student Essay Competition
    • Deadlines: May 1
    • Research essay on world history 


    Humane Education Network
    • Deadlines: May 31
    • Animal welfare and rights 


    Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Essay Contest
    • Deadlines: June 1
    • Essay responding to prompts about Jane Austen's works and life 


    Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest for Young People
    • Deadlines: June 15
    • 2020 theme: writing a letter to yourself from 2030 


    National History Day
    • Deadlines: varies, but the National Contest is June 14 - 18 
    • Months-long research paper responding to historical theme
    • Extensive steps to research, drafting, etc


    National WW2 Museum Essay Contest
    • Deadlines: Dec 
    • Essay response to prompt (NOT a research essay)







    Publications


    *NOTE—The following publications are currently accepting submissions centered around COVID-19 and its impact on our lives and communities:
    Counterclock Magazine, Blue Marble Review, Siblini Journal, Crashtest Magazine, and Balloons Lit.





    The following publications are open to BOTH creative and academic writing: 


    AGORA Media
    • Open: now—no deadlines 
    • Contributors publish 1-2 compositions on a monthly basis
    • Accepts research/analysis, any discipline ("Cinematic Arts, Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, Writing," & more), and a wide range of topics (World, Business, Tech, Arts, Sports, Books, Fashion & Style, etc)



    Second Revolution Literary Magazine
    • Open: now
    • Open to research, journalism, poetry/fic/non-fic, etc
    • Encourages secondary voices to submit 


    Sienna Solstice
    • Open: year-round, cutoff for June publication is May 30
    • Antidisciplinary art and science mag
    • Poetry/prose, editorials, science research, & many more forms 




    Creative Writing Only 


    Student-Run/Student Friendly 


    Austin International Poetry Festival: diverse-city 
    • Open: Oct 1 - Feb 15 
    • Selected writers are invited to the Austin Poetry Festival 


    • Open: currently on hold 


    • Open: Sep 1 - March 15 


    The Bitter Fruit Review
    • Open: now, accepting submissions for summer 2020 issue



    Blue Marble Review
    • Open: now
    • Pays contributors 


    Body Without Organs 
    • Open: year-round


    Butcher Papers
    • Open: year-round


    Capulet Magazine
    • For women ages 15-29
    • Open: until Nov 15


    Cathartic Literary Magazine
    • Open: rolling basis
    • For youth writing/mental health discussion


    Chautauqua Journal
    • Open: Feb 1 - April 1; Sep 1 - Nov 1


    Cliche Teen
    • Open: Jan 10 - May 1; July 1 - Dec 1


    • Open: year-round


    The Daphne Review
    • Open: on hiatus 


    • Open: currently closed; one Fall and one Spring Issue
    • All submissions automatically entered into the Elan Magazine Art and Writing Contest 


    Ephimiliar Journal
    • Open: on a rolling basis



    The Eunoia Review
    • Open: year-round 


    fingers comma toes
    • Open: Oct - Dec; May - July 


    • Open: now


    Teen Sequins

    • Open: until July 12
    • Feature in Gigantic Sequins
    • Poetry only 



    Girls Right the World
    • Open: currently closed 


    • Open: on hiatus 


    • Open: year-round
    • Submissions must be sent by mail 


    Hope of Young Artists (HOYA) Magazine
    • Open: until Dec 20 


    The Ideate Review
    • Open: until May 15


    • Open: April 1 - 30


    • Open: currently closed 


    Jellyfish Review
    • Open: now
    • Flash-fic and short non-fic only 


    Lunch Ticket: School Lunch
    • Open: March 1 - 31; Sep 1 - 30


    • Open: until June 15
    • Theme of examining life under the microscope 


    Navigating the Maze
    • Open: currently closed 


    Oddball Magazine
    • Open: now


    Parallax
    • Open: until April 30


    Polyphony Lit  
    • Open: until April 30
    • All selected submissions are automatically entered into the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards 
    • Almost all submissions receive personalized, detailed feedback from several readers and editors 
    • *I'm a first reader here! Submit for extensive commentary! You won't regret it, I promise. And if I happen to get your wonderful work :)


    Red Queen Literary Magazine
    • Open: now


    Ricochet Review 
    • Open: closed currently


    Sandpiper Magazine
    • Open: now


    The Suoo
    • Open: July 30 - Sep 10


    Sugar Rascals
    • Open: Aug 1 - Sep 1


    Teen Ink
    • Open: always
    • Anyone can post work on the website, submit to journal
    • Monthly/weekly contests 


    TRACK//FOUR
    • POCs only 
    • Open: free submissions until July 15
    • Fees: $3-10


    Truant Lit
    • Open: now


    Whitefish Review
    • Open: Nov 1 - Jan 31; June 1 - Aug 31 



    For Specific Audiences:


    • Looking for kid-friendly content (5-12 years old)


    • Semiannual journal
    • Submissions for and by readers 10-18 years old encouraged


    • Open: year-round
    • Looking for materials for school-aged readers (12+ years old)
    • "Rather than writing anything specifically for BLJ's readers, you should consider if we could find in your submission, however complex and philosophical, the elements that could enlighten and amaze the young minds."



    Not Student-Run, Still Student-Friendly

    *The following publications are adult-oriented (and naturally, more competitive), but students have been published in them/have the potential for other opportunities by submitting to them.


    The Adroit Journal
    • Open: will open Aug 1


    Birdfeast
    • Open: on the first of every month until submissions fill up


    Black Warrior Review 
    • Open: Dec 1 - March 1; June 1 - Sep 1
    • Fees: $3/submission


    BOAAT Press
    • Open: online issues every 3 months with 15 poets/issue 


    B O D Y
    • Open: now


    Bookends Review
    • Open: May 1 - Aug 31; Dec 1 - Jan 31


    BOXCAR Poetry Review 
    • Open: currently closed


    Columbia Journal
    • Open: online submissions closed until late spring 2020; print submissions closed until fall 2020


    Cosmonauts Avenue 
    • Open: now


    DIAGRAM
    • Open: now


    DIALOGIST
    • Open: now


    Ekphrastic Review
    • Open: the months of Jan, March, May, July, Sep, Nov (alternate months)
    • Ekphrastic - writing inspired by art 


    • Open: year-round
    • Fees: $2.50/submission


    • Open: year-round
    • For unpublished and emerging writers 


    • Open: now
    • Music-themed magazine 
    • 2020 theme: Sforzando (the car-struck dissonance; the backslide into wreckage; the single note of shattering) 


    • Open: Feb 1 - March 7; May 1 - June 7; Aug 1 - Sep 7; Nov 1 - Dec 7
    • Fees: limited number of free submissions, after which tip jar submissions are available 


    • Open: now
    • Feminist magazine accepting articles, etc


    • Open: first week of every month excluding breaks (breaks are in June, July, Aug, and Dec)


    • Open: year-round
    • Submissions from K-12 


    • For women and nonbinary writers
    • Open: on a rolling basis 


    • Open: Sep 15 - Nov 14; March 1 - May 1


    • Open: now


    • Open: now


    • Open: weekly submissions
    • Fees: $4.20/submission
    • Each day of the week has a different theme/restrictions (ex. Friday - Aspiring Creatives)


    • Open: on a rolling basis


    • Open: to the beginning of Oct (Fall Issue) and the beginning of March (Spring Issue)


    • Open: July 15 - Sep 1; Dec 1 - Jan 15


    • Open: Sep 1 - Feb 15 


    • For women and femme-presenting writers 
    • Open: year-round
    • Fees: $2-5/submission, $25 for feedback 


    • Open: weekly submissions
    • Fees: $4.97/submission
    • 24-hour brief, personalized response 
    • Each day of the week has a different prompt/restriction (ex. Emerging Writer Mondays)


    Waxwing
    • Open: closed currently; cap of 300 submissions/month
    • Published tri-annually in Feb, June and Oct 







    Academic Writing Only 



    The Concord Review
    • Open: now
    • Fees: $70+ (includes year-long e-subscription or print subscription to the Review)
    • Academic essays about any historical topics


    Curieux Academic Journal
    • Open: on a rolling basis 


    Ogma Post
    • Open: now
    • Student articles about culture, politics, science, current events, etc 





    Additional Opportunities for Writers 



    Become an Editor for Polyphony Lit!

    Polyphony Lit is an international literary magazine read and edited by high school students across the world. If you want to read and critique prose and poetry, sign up to become a First Reader (you will either submit a trial assignment, or pay to complete a training course).

    *I am currently a first reader here and I'm mad that I didn't know about this sooner! Not only can you really work on your editing/writing skills, but you can also be blown away by amazing teen writing, and learn how to effectively communicate your own opinion/suggestions without seeming too meek or too harsh.



    National Novel Writing Month 

    Every November, young writers everywhere gather together on NaNoWriMo to hash out a 50,000+ word novel by the end of the month. Fantastic writing exercises, dozens of resources, and writing motivators/tips and tricks on this site. Join the community now for StayHomeWriMo!



    Davidson Fellow

    Davidson Fellows Scholarships are awarded to people under 18 who have completed a significant piece of work in their lifetime. Literature is an application category, and you can enter with two nominators, and a portfolio consisting of works in several different genres, to try and win a huge scholarship.



    Ask a Question to Adroit

    If you're a young writer, you probably have a lot of questions. Ask one to the Adroit Journal and an established author might just answer you.



    Her Culture

    Check out this popular blog/magazine about women and apply to one of their opening positions. They are looking for writers, editors, and social media managers.



    Writopia Play Festival

    Writopia Lab's Plays Festival is an annual Off-Broadway festival of plays written by young writers (ages 6-18) and performed by New York theater professionals. It's now in its eleventh season and accessible to many writers. There is a new theme every year.



    Virginia B Ball Writing Competition (website temporarily down)

    Winner of this competition receives a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Center of the Arts with a major in creative writing.


    Other:

    Winter Tangerine internship
    Counterclock Arts Collective
    & more





    Summer Programs 



    Adroit Mentorship Program

    Highly selective program where young writers are paired up with either prose or poetry mentors.



    Iowa Young Writers Studio

    Regarded by many as one of the best, if not the best, young writers summer workshop. Two-week program at the University of  Iowa.



    Kenyon Young Writers Workshop

    Highly-regarded summer workshop. Two-week program at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

    *I attended this workshop last summer and can attest to its excellence! We pored over so many brilliant works of writing, got to hear each other's amazing work, and had so much fun. I'd never gone to a college camp before, or any kind of camp, really, and by the second week I forgot all about home. Also, they are generous with financial aid. If you have the chance, attend!!!



    Kelly Writers House Workshop


    10 day workshop for rising juniors and seniors at the Kelly Writers House in the University of Pennsylvania. Range of genres including screenwriting, experimental writing, comics writing, etc along traditional ones like poetry and fiction.



    Polyphony Lit Summer Scholars Program

    Eight-week online program for high schoolers to work as a literary editor, with online content and live lectures.



    University of St Andrews

    Summer course in creative writing at the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Learn from established Scottish writers and in small groups led by tutors.




    Other excellent programs are offered by:

    Bard College
    Emerson College
    Interlochen Center for the Arts
    Juniper Institute (UMass Amherst)
    Sewanee
    Yale Writers' Workshop
    Sarah Lawrence Writer's Village
    Carnegie Mellon
    & many more


    Comments

    1. thanks for making this list! i'd also suggest checking out the Columbia College Chicago Writing Contest (high school),the UPenn Kelly Writers Workshop, and Waxwing Mag!

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      1. I even entered the Columbia College contest and managed to forget to list it, lol. Thank you so much for commenting! I am adding these all now

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    2. IYWS is amazing!!

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    3. also, would u be willing to add the aurora review to this list?? that would be so cool, and we're open to subs the first half of every month! theaurorareview.org

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    4. thank you so much! if you're willing to, i would add agoramedia.co to the list. AGORA Media is an international, youth-led 501c3 media organisation that publishes pieces regardless of medium! We are particularly keen on publishing prose and editorial pieces, and writers are guaranteed feedback from a highly-accomplished team of writers.

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      1. Of course!
        I just checked out the website, it looks extremely professional and polished. Will definitely add to the list!

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