The Oklahoma Writing Project sponsors a yearly Write-to-Win contest for students in grades pre-K--12 and teachers to encourage and celebrate writing. Students and teachers in all schools, public and private, can participate free of charge. Genres include descriptive paragraph, personal narrative, poetry, short story, essay, writing across the curriculum, flash fiction, and sentence. Divisions are primary, intermediate, middle school, high school, and teacher. Submission deadline is January 16, 2018. Download the 2018 contest flyer for further details.
You can purchase the 2015 anthology of winning writing through Amazon for a little over $5.
In conjunction with the contest, two student conferences are held, one in the fall and one in the spring. The fall conference allows students to write in various genres from the contest, and the spring conference celebrates the winning writers.
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The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with Affiliate State Centers for the Book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest.
To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.
Students should review the guidelines and use this entry coupon. Deadline: January 12, 2018.