Contests of Yore (that may come around again next year)

The Iris Chang & Peter Kolodziej Writing Awards
Uni's own creative writing contest. Prizes are awarded in both Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing. The deadline for submission is 4 PM on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Submissions should be shared as a googledoc with Those entries should be double-spaced, and the file name should be your last name and “fiction” or “nonfiction,” depending on the category you are entering. You can find the submission form __here__.


• A $100 check and a book prize will be awarded to the winner in each category
• Winners will be announced at the Uni High awards ceremony in May


• All current Uni High students, subfreshman through senior, are eligible to enter
• Students may submit work in both categories
• Students are limited to one entry per category
• Each entry must be limited to no more than 2,500 words
• Work that has been published elsewhere (such as in a Uni student publication or a local newspaper), written for a class, or submitted to other contests IS eligible
• Entries must have been written between January 1, 2015, and April 20, 2016

The Norman Mailer Writing Awards

This __NCTE contest__ offers award in various categories for high school and college writers. Currently Creative Non-Fiction is the only category open to high school aged writers (though when you're in college you can submit to their poetry contest). Entries must be submitted via __NCTE's online submission__ form by 4 PM on April 20, 2016


Submit your fully developed, revised, edited, and carefully proofread one-act play for consideration for Student Productions next fall! You may submit any time between now and September 1, 2016 by emailing a file of your play to Mr. Guyotte at If your play is selected and you have taken Uni's THEATRE ARTS I and II classes or attended the STUDPROD Playwriting/Directing workshops, you will have the option to direct your own play. If not, Mr. Guyotte can pair your play with a student director.

The StudProd committee will read all submissions (with author names removed for the purpose of anonymity), select the winning plays during September, and announce the selected plays by October 15. The plays will be staged during the annual StudProd production in November.

Magazines we haven't talked about yet but probably will later in the year:

Flash Fiction OnlineThis online journal publishes previously unpublished stories between 500 and 1,000 words in length. Flash Fiction Online describes flash fiction stories as "very short, but... still stories. That means the best ones have strong, interesting characters, plots, and (to some extent, at least) settings. You can read more about this aspect of what we’re interested in here."

Bennington Young Writers Awards competition – Deadline: November 1, 2016; This contest is current and running this year.

The Kenyon Review's Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young WritersFor high school sophomores and juniors only; This contest accepts submissions from November 1 through 30. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem and the poems of the two runners-up will be published in The Kenyon Review, a respected and long-running literary magazine.

Princeton University's Leonard L. Milberg High School Poetry PrizeLimited to high school juniors; The deadline last year was November 27, and though the deadline hasn't been announced yet, but it's likely to be around the same time this year (at this point, the website says "the application for 2017 prize will open in late autumn" so check back in a few weeks if you're interested. Three winners receive cash prizes (First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100).