Dear High-Stepping Daughters and Sons of the Word Road,

You are cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference, May 26-28. Now in our seventeenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

OUR 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AWARD-WINNING POET AND ESSAYIST NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, is the author of more than 30 volumes, including 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle EastA Maze Me; Red Suitcase; Words under the Words; Fuel; You & Yours; Mint Snowball; Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places; I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are you Okay?; Habibi; and Going, Going.  In addition to receiving numerous fellowships and awards, Naomi’s work has been presented on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She was featured in two PBS poetry specials, and has appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Naomi refers to herself as a "wandering poet."

The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 24 is fast approaching and the blue lights are flashing. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please visit our website: http://www.champlain.edu/write

Very Best,

Jim Ellefson & Lesley Wright, Co-Directors
(802) 865-8456

December 1st Deadline: Arisia BIOPUNK Theme Writing Contest

Arisia 2017 is calling for original science fiction or fantasy works of fiction for its annual Student Writing Contest!

  • Entries are FREE. Writers retain ALL rights to their works --we only wish to encourage, celebrate, and recognize the talented young writers throughout the Northeast. 
  • All entries must be original works of fiction by students or young adults currently enrolled in high school or equivalent, between 13 and 18 years of age. No college students, please.
  • Short stories must be 1000 to 3000 words long.
  • Entries must meet the submission format guidelines below: 


  1. Double-spaced, 12 point font 
  2. In the upper left corner, type your real name, your email address or a teacher’s email address, your school and teacher's name, and an approximate word count.
  3. Submissions should be made in doc, odf, or pdf formats.
  4. Entries should be submitted via email to writingcontest@arisia.org with the subject line: 
  5. For more information, please e-mail us at writingcontest@arisia.org.
  6. Deadline for submission: December 1

Winners will be contacted via email on or before January 1. 

Prizes will be awarded to exceptional stories, including cash prizes that total $800, and free memberships to attend Arisia 2017. The school attended by our first-prize winner will receive a matching prize! Prizes will be awarded at our annual Arisia convention on Sunday evening, January 15th, 2017, during the Arisia Masquerade. 

Past winners can be found HERE.



Letters about Literature Contest: Grades 7&8 Deadline January 9th, 2017/Grades 9 to 12 Deadline December 2nd, 2016

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 the 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. For more information, go to the Library of Congress site.

Vermont Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2017: December 15th Deadline

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center is proud to serve as the Vermont affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious national program that recognizes and nurtures the creative talents of teen artists and writers. In addition to seeing their work in print or displayed in a museum, students can win college scholarships and other prizes.

Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to submit creative work in 26 categories of art and/or writing. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit, as long as the work was created in calendar year 2016. (Note: Senior portfolios may contain work created in 2015.) For more information, go to BMAC. 

Profiles in Courage Essay Contest: Jan. 4th Deadline

Each year, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has an essay contest celebrating public officials who have shown political courage.

This coming year marks the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth. To celebrate the JFK Centennial, the 2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest is featuring a first-place prize of $20,000 cash awards for the top 25 essays. For more information, go to https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx


New Wrinkle Publishing Story Contest: November 28th Deadline

Are you a novel writer? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your story inspire illustrations, or even music? If you are at least 13 years old, have written a story that you plan to self-publish (or have one in the works that you can wrap up in the next couple of months), we invite you to submit your short synopsis (no entry fee) for a chance to win illustrations and music inspired by YOUR story!

Winners recieve an original soundtrack and ten illustrations based on their book, and a professionally designed book cover. Go to newwrinklepublishing.com/contest/ for more information. Everyone who enters is also eligible for prizes like t-shirts, mugs, and an amazon fire tablet. Deadline is November 28th.