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High School / Undergraduate / Graduate Categories 2019 Essay Contest – "What in the world would Adam Smith say?
" Deadline: July 1, 2019 Open to all accredited middle and secondary schools (US, CA, VI, US schools abroad)Deadline: Entries accepted May 1 - July 1, 2019 Poetry Contest All Ages; 18-younger category Deadline: July 20, 2019 Poetry Ages 13-19Deadline: On hiatus for 2019; will return in 2020.Please avoid contests that tell you you've won and then want you to purchase expensive copies of the book in which you have been published.These types of "scam" contests publish hundreds, even thousands of entrants and profit greatly from the book sales.They will be guests at the evening Celebration of Writing Reception. Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Competition has been running for over 100 years and is firmly established as a highly regarded and popular international education project. Deadline: February 15, 2019 For Juniors in the current academic school year Students must be nominated by their school's English Department Deadline: February 15, 2019 For 8th grade students in the current academic year Students must be nominated by a school committee or department Deadline: February 15, 2019 Grades 3-12 Deadline: February 25, 2019 International Young Writers Prize Open to High School writers worldwide Dealdine: March 1, 2019 Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children's Writing Young Adult (YA); Middle Grade (MG); Picture Book or Writing for Young Children Deadline: March 1, 2019 University of Central Florida Middle & High School Writing Contest Story, Poem, Essay Deadline: March 1, 2019 Ann Arbor District Library Flash Fiction and Short Story Grades 6-12Deadline: March 3, 2019 DNA Day Essay Contest Grades 9-12Deadline: March 8, 2019 Original Plays or Musicals on any subject Ages 9-19 Deadline: March 15, 2019 Youth PLAYS Written by Playwrights 20 years and older Target Audience 14-18 years old Deadline: March 15, 2019 High School Essay Contest Deadline: March 15, 2019 Annual Young Writers Creative Writing Contest Ages 5-18Deadline: March 15, 2019 "Listen to a Life" Writing Contest Ages 8-18Deadline: March 22, 2019 Nicholas A.Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition Grades 7-12Deadline: March 21, 2019 Haiku Contest All Ages No Fee (except for Adult Contemporary Haiku)Deadline: Postmark March 23, 2019The website includes helpful guidelines for writing haiku.There are many contests that charge fees, but for this resource, I have sought contests which mean to recognize and encourage young writers and do not charge reading or entry fees.Of those listed that do charge a fee, some provide a publication subscription in return as they are trying to gain new readers; that seems fair and the publishers are up front about it.Grades K-12Deadline: January 8, 2019 National Reading-Writing Contest Grades 4-8 (Different age groups have different deadlines)Deadline: January 11, 2019 Young Authors Writing Competition Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry High School Age Writers Deadline: January 15, 2019 High School Creative Writing Contest High School Age Writers Deadline: January 15, 2019 Sponsored by Fidelity Investments Grades 9-12Deadline: January 18, 2019 postmark Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18Ten-minute play, screenplay, or music theater exploring the disability experience Written by young writers with disabilities and colllaborative groups that include students with disabilities Deadline: January 23, 2019 Themed Poetry and Fiction Grades 6-12 / Ages 11-18For Maine Residents only Deadline: January 31, 2019 Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation Grades 6-12 Deadline: February 1, 2019 Fiction in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.Grades 3-12 Deadline: February 1, 2019 High School Poetry Contest Grades 9-12Deadline: February 1, 2019 Chapman University Grades Middle and High School Deadline: Postmark February 1, 2019 or by February 4, 2019 for digital submissions Student Poetry Contest Grades 3-College Undergraduate North Carolina Residents Only Deadline: February 1, 2019 Youth PLAYS Written by Playwrights 20 years and older Target Performers Grades K-2 Deadline: February 1, 2019 Writopia Lab8-minute Play Grades 1-12Deadline: February 1, 2019 High School and College Categories For published or publicaly presented works that have had a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society.