Columbia College Chicago's Young Authors Competition. Open to all high school students. Accepting submissions of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry until January 15 at midnight. Students are allowed to submit up to two entries in one or more of the three genres (that is, up to two poems, two stories, and two essays per student). More information and the submission form at the link above.

Poetry Society of America's annual awards Accepting submissions until December 22, 2016; The Society sponsors several different awards that vary in eligibility for students in grades up through 12. There is a single entry fee of $15 to enter or all of the contests, but most of the awards are free for members of the Society.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Submissions for the 2017 Awards will be accepted beginning on September 14, 2016; This contest is current and running this year.


Unique – Uni's own literary magazine! Submit by emailing your writing or visual art files to Submitting is not only a requirement of Creative Writing, it is a moral and artistic imperative!

Polyphony H.S. – Polyphony H.S. is an international student-run literary magazine for high-school writers. The magazine was founded at and remains headquartered at the Latin School of Chicago, but it is edited by high school students from public, private, and parochial schools around the U.S. and the world. Polyphony H.S. is unique both because of the high quality of the writing and the magazine's excellent production values. but also because its editors give individualized, and usually detailed, feedback to every author who submits a manuscript. You can submit your work to Polyphony H.S. via their online submission form at the link above. And if you're interested, you can also contact them about becoming an editor.

Adroit Journal – Adroit Journal is a print publication with separate submission categories for adults and writers under 21. This journal was founded by its editor, Peter LaBarge, when he himself was in high school, and so it's particularly open to the offerings of younger writers. Like Polyphony HS, Adroit offers young writers from around the US and the globe the opportunity not only to submit work for publication, but also to participate in this evaluation process if they're interested in contacting the journal and getting involved.

Hanging Loose Magazine – Hanging Loose is the only long-established literary magazines I'm aware of that sets aside room in every issue for high school age writers. It's been around since 1966 and has published many celebrated writers, including Sherman Alexie (who scored an early publication in the magazine and has published books with Hanging Loose Press).