Literary Contests - Young Writers Prizes

Publishing, writing, and literary prizes for Young Writers Prizes

Alice Munro Short Story Competition

This annual short story competition is designed to provide an opportunity for writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded associates. The Festival's Steering Committee is dedicated to supporting the efforts and talent of unpublished and emerging writers of short fiction.

Monetary p...

    Wingham, ON   CA

Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award

Established in 2013, the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award recognizes a student poet twenty-three years old or younger, with an annual cash prize of $1,000.

Students who have won one of our 2014 University & College Poetry Prizes and who were twenty-three years old or yo...

    New York, NY   US

BBC Young Writers' Award

Young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK, are invited to submit short stories of up to 1,000 words on any topic. The judges will be looking for high-quality writing, stories that demonstrate originality, imagination and creativity, and writers who can capture the reader and hold their attentio...

    London,   UK

Book Excellence Awards

The Book Excellence Awards (www.bookexcellenceawards.com) is an international book awards competition. The Book Excellence Awards is dedicated to helping authors and publishers increase their visibility, credibility and book sales through extended support and resources on topics such as publis...

    Toronto, ON   CA

Buxton Poetry Competition

The Buxton Poetry Competition is open to three categories of writers: Children aged up to 11 years old, Young People aged 12 to 17, and Open (18 and up). ...

    Buxton, Derbyshire   UK

Canadian Stories Magazine Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, and Black & White Art

This Canadian folk magazine offers a prizes in categories including creative non-fiction, true stories, fiction, poetry, essays, and military stories, as well as a prize for young writers between 10 and 19 years old....

    Fergus, ON   CA

Claremont Review Annual Writing Contest

This international magazine for young writers hosts an annual writing contest for writers from 13 to 19 years old. Winners are selected in both poetry and fiction categories.

Writers can enter up to three poems, three postcard stories (up to 500 words) or one longer story (max 5000 words) with eac...

    Victoria, BC   CA

Cuirt New Writing Prize

Poetry entries must consist of 3 poems under 50 lines each. Fiction pieces may be up to 2000 words. Entries in both English and Irish are welcome.

Young Cuirt is for ages 12-17. Entries are welcome in poetry and fiction. The winner will receive €100 cash prize and they will have the opportu...

    Galway City,   IE

Icelandic Festival Of Manitoba Poetry & Short Stories Contest

The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites you to submit previously unpublished poetry (three entries per person) and/or a short story (one per person-maximum of 1200 words)

Prize entries will be awarded and successful entries will be published in the festival program and/or on the festival...

    Winnipeg, MB   CA

Kayak Illustrated History Challenge for Kids

The award is open to Canadian kids between the ages of 7 and 14. Students are invited to create their own illustrated story based on any element of Canada’s past they find of interest.

Stories should be between 500–1200 words in length and should include 1–3 illustrations or a...

    Winnipeg, MB   CA

Kerry County Council Creative Writing for Youth Competitions

Submissions may be in the form of poems, short stories or essays. One entry only per youth.

Creative Writing for 9 years and Under (Max word count 300 words)
Creative Writing for 12 years and Under (Max word count 500 words)
Creative Writing for 14 years and Under (Max word count 500...

    Kerry,   IE

Maine Literary Awards

The 2018 Maine Literary Awards are open to all current Maine residents, including seasonal residents. All nominations to the Book Awards, regardless of category, must have been published during the 2017 calendar year. The editors (or lead editor) of books entered in the Anthology category must be Ma...

    Portland, ME   US

Martyn Godfrey Young Writers Award

This is an annual, juried contest open to all Albertan students in grades 4 through 9. Students are invited to submit their best short stories (500-1500 words) or short tales told in a comic book / graphic novel style.

There are two Grand Prizes, one for Grades 4-6 and one for Grades 7-9. The Gra...

    Edmonton, AB   CA

NEOWA Youth Outdoor Writing Contest

The contest is open to schools in New England. Student entries must be submitted by school personnel.

The written entries should be no longer than 500 words and must be on any outdoor-oriented topic and can include, for example: fishing, boating, archery, shooting, hunting, field trials, sporting ...

    East Bridgewater, MA   US

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards (#NGIBA) is the largest non-profit book awards program for indie authors and publishers.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories, for the ye...

    Lake Oswego, OR   US

Page Turner Awards

Awards are offered in five categories:
Writing Award : for unpublished, completed manuscripts Young Writer Award : for writers aged between 18 and 25 Writing Mentorship Award : for uncompleted manuscripts Screenplay Award : for scriptwriters with a completed screenplay Book Award : for...

    Speen, England   UK

Small but Mighty Writers

Our competitions run all year round with deadlines on 1st January, 1st April, 1st July, 1st October. Winners will be released within 3 weeks of the deadline.

7-11: 1000 word limit for fiction, 15 line max. for poetry 12-15: 1500 word limit for fiction, 20 line max. for poetry

Entry is ...

    Bradford,   UK

V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

This prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett...

    London,   UK

WFNB Writing Competition

WFNB Writing Competition offers prizes in seven categories: fiction manuscript, short fiction, poetry manuscript, single poem, children and teens, young writers, and creative non-fiction. Prizes for all categories total $2,600.

Entrants must be New Brunswick residents, or non-resident New Brunsw...

    Fredericton, NB   CA

Wicked Young Writers' Award

The Wicked Young Writers’ Award was established by the long-running musical Wicked in order to link the important messages of the production with a competition that would inspire young people to use their writing to look at life a little differently. Since its launch in 2010, we have received ...

    Chichester,   UK

Young Writers of Canada Annual Creative Writing Contest

Entrants must be between 5 and 18 years old at the time the entry is written. There are two age groups: 5-11 years and 12-18 years. Theme is open, 360 words or less and one entry per writer. ...

    Victoria, BC   CA