Writing Contests

3/30: Leonard Milberg ’53 Secondary School Poetry Prize ++
Recommended free contest sponsored by the Princeton University creative writing program awards prizes up to $500 for unpublished poems by 11th-graders (high school juniors). Submit 1-3 poems, any length. Contest is judged by the Princeton University creative writing faculty, which includes such acclaimed authors as Jeffrey Eugenides and Joyce Carol Oates.

3/25: Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for High School Students +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest gives six prizes of $50 for the best haiku by students in grades 7-12 as of the previous September (no homeschooled students). Send 1-3 haiku, typed in triplicate on 3″x5″ cards, with author’s name and contact information on only one copy. No simultaneous submissions. Sponsored by the Haiku Society of America.
3/23: Poetry Matters Award +
Formerly March 25
Neutral free contest for unpublished poems gives prizes up to $100 in each of four age categories: middle school, high school, adult (ages 20-60), and senior (61+). Winners will be invited to read at the Poetry Matters festival in Evans, GA in April, and videos of their readings will be posted on the contest website. Send 3 poems, any length.
3/31: Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Prize for Students +
Neutral contest gives prizes up to $100 in four age categories for unpublished poems by students in grades K-12. Submit 1-3 poems, any length. Optional $5 entry fee will be donated to Smile Train, a charity that provides free cleft-palate surgery for poor children in developing nations. This contest is sponsored by David Mook in memory of his daughter, a young writer who died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm when she was in third grade.
4/15: Claudia Ann Seaman Award ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by US high school students awards $200 in each genre. Send 1-3 poems, essays, or stories (1,500-word limit for prose). Online and email entries only.

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