The Atlantic and College Board Writing PrizeThe Atlantic and the College Board have teamed up to recognize today’s best high school essay writers with cash prizes and the chance to be published in an award-winning national magazine. Six finalists will be awarded $2,500, and the grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in addition to having his or her winning essay published in The Atlantic. Your essay should also make connections between the selected text and your own experiences and community. Get more details on how to enter.

The Bishop Prize: Each Bishop Prize–winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship to the Writing & Publishing Program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. (The Elizabeth Bishop Prize scholarships are contingent upon winners’ application to and acceptance by Walnut Hill’s Admission Committee.) Each winner also receives a copy of Elizabeth Bishop’sPoems, Prose, and Letters, published by The Library of America, a steadfast supporter of the Prizes, and an invitation to read his or her work at our annual spring celebration of the print edition of The Blue Pencil. Prize-winning works are published on The Blue Pencil Online as soon as they are ready to go to press. The editors consider for The Bishop Prizes every piece of original verse, fiction, and playwriting that has been submitted to the The Blue Pencil Online and has been crafted by writers in the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade (see “Eligibility Details” below for more information). Each February the editors come together to read, re-read, discuss, and deliberate over the pieces that have been accepted for publication in the past year in order to select what they consider to be the best work in each genre.

The Claremont Review Annual Writing ContestThe Claremont Review publishes young artists, aged 13-19, from anywhere in the English-speaking world. We accept poetry, short stories, short plays, graphic art, photography, and interviews twice a year in the spring/summer and fall/winter.

Davidson Fellows Scholarships: The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception.

The Emerson Prize: The Emerson Prize is awarded annually to students published in The Concord Review during the previous academic year who have shown outstanding promise in history at the high school level.

Letters About Literature Contest: Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest.

Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest: There are two divisions: Grade 6-8 (Junior Division) and Grades 9-12 (Senior Division). Each state may submit ten (10) top poems in each division. Poems may have been printed and/or have won previous awards. Contests at state level may have occurred anytime in 2014 or 2015.

NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing: Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to publicly recognize some of the best student writers in the nation. Only students who are JUNIORS in the current academic year may be nominated for awards.

NCTE Promising Young Writers Program: The Promising Young Writers program represents NCTE’s commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing. The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize student’s writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. Students who are eighth-graders in the present academic school year are eligible to be nominated for the Promising Young Writers program. Students must be nominated by their teachers.

The Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards: The Norman Mailer Center and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to offer writing awards for high school and college students in several categories.

PTA Reflections Program: National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Raise Your Green Point Average student contest: is awarding cash prizes to skilled high school writers and reporters, photojournalists, graphic artists, cartoonists and bloggers interested in covering recycling, waste, sustainability and the environment who best answer one of two contest topics.

River of Words International Art and Poetry Contest: Every year, in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words sponsors a free international poetry and art contest on the theme of watersheds. The contest is open to students ages 5 through 19 anywhere in the world. Deaf students may submit poems in American Sign Language on DVDs. Entries are accepted throughout the year.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. Monthly Teen Writing Contest: hosts monthly writing contests for high school students and college students (open to international students, too). Answer the real-world writing prompt to share your thoughts and experiences as we change the world, one story at a time.

Storytellers Photography Competition: If you see the world in photographs, then The Art Institutes challenge you to put your skills to the test in the third annual Storytellers Photography Competition.  Submit six original photographs that tell a visual story for your opportunity to earn up to a $40,000 tuition scholarship to The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Write the World is a global community of teen writers and a publishing platform. It also sponsors various writing contents.

Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition: Write a play and Young Playwrights Inc. will give you a place to be heard. Your play will be read and evaluated in writing by a theater professional; selected writers will come to New York for our Young Playwrights Conference to work with some of this country’s most exciting theater artists. Who knows, your play might even be produced Off Broadway in the Young Playwrights Festival! Remember, the power is in your hands.