Writing Contests, Awards, & Scholarships

We encourage our writers to get their stuff out into the world. We want the world to recognize their incredible talent. Bronx Loafers dedicate themselves to their craft. When they earn recognition for their art, it is well-deserved.

With that being said, CONGRATULATIONS to Maya Olivo (BL ’19), our most recent Bronx Loafer to win a Gold Key from the nation’s foremost writing contest for high school students, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Maya earned Gold Key in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Contest! Maya won her Gold Key in the category of Novel Writing for her piece titled “Marble.” Way to go to Maya!

2019 Gold Key Winner, Maya Olivo

Past winners of Scholastic Art & Writing Contest awards:

Bronwen Brenner (BL’16) for winning Gold Key for her poem “The Sickest Daughter”Alin Haberle (BL’14-’17), for winning a Silver Key for Sci-Fi story, “The Aug-ishka” and Lucia Hassen (BL’15 & ’17)  for winning honorable mention for her poem, “for the greeks”

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Literary and Arts Scholarship Opportunities and Contests


Rattle Young Poets Anthology

This is an anthology to look back on the past and view your younger work with pride. The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted.

Ages: 18 or younger

Number of submissions: “Thousands” are submitted, 50 are chosen.

Deadline: June

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

Sponsored by Hollins University, the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is in its fifty-second year. The contest awards prizes for the best poems submitted by young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school. Prizes up to $5,000 are awarded to winners. Winners are chosen by students and faculty members in the creative writing program at Hollins.

Grades: 11-12

Deadline: October

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop.

Grades: 10-11

Deadline: November

The Critical Junior Poet’s Award Contest

The Critical Pass Review is now accepting submissions online for its Critical Junior Poet’s Award Contest, an editor’s choice award for exceptional promise in the art of poetry. Applicants between the ages of 13 and 18 can enter for free. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize, a $20 iTunes card, a CD of master poets reading their poetry, publication of his/her winning work in The Critical Pass Review‘s Summer 2016 issue, and more.

Ages: 13-18

Submissions period:November to March


Young Playwrights INC.

Selected writers will be invited to New York, expenses paid, for our Young Playwrights Conference to work with some of this country’s most exciting professional theater artists, and to hear their plays read in our Off-Broadway Readings Series.

Ages: 18 or younger

Deadline: January

The New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights

Submit your best one-act play (one per playwright!) to the New Voices competition and you can potentially win cash, software from fabulous sponsors Final Draft and Great Dialogue, and even publication!

Ages: 19 or younger

Submission period: Fall

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Each year, young writers with and without disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are asked to explore the disability experience through the art of script writing for stage or screen.

Writers may craft scripts from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience. Winners in these divisions will receive $500 for arts programs at their schools.

Grades: 6-12 OR Ages: 11-18

Deadline: October

Fiction & Prose:

One Teen Story

One Teen Story is an award-winning literary magazine for readers and writers of young adult literature. Subscribers receive one curated and edited work of short fiction each month in the mail or on their digital devices.

Ages: 13-19

Submission period: September to May

Several Categories:

Jet Fuel Review

Through Lewis University, Jet Fuel Review is run entirely by students under the supervision of faculty advisers Dr. Simone Muench and Dr. Jackie White. Jet Fuel Review is looking for quality in writing, whether it be in poetry, prose, non-fiction, or artwork.

Submission periods: August to October; January to March

Princeton University

Princeton University has two contests. The Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School Students which recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th grade. Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100. Meanwhile, the Princeton University 10 Minute Play Contest is limited to students in the eleventh grade. Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100. The jury consists of members of the Princeton University Program in Theater faculty.

Grades: 11

Deadline: Fall


The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.

Ages: 15-18 OR Grades: 10-12

Deadline: October

The Claremont Review

The editors of the Claremont Review publish the best poetry, short stories, short plays, visual art, and photography by young adults. We publish work in many styles that range from traditional to modern. We prefer pieces that explore real characters and reveal authentic emotion.

Ages: 13-19

Submission period: September to April

Young Authors Writing Competition (Columbia College Chicago)

The Young Authors Writing Competition is a national competition for high school writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. It began as a local contest in 1995, and since then has expanded into a national competition that has received tens of thousands of submissions from students across the country. 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $150, and 3rd Place: $50.

Grades: 9-12

Submission period: November to January

Odyssey Con

The OddContest is an annual competition for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) stories or prose poems no longer than 500 words. Prizes: $50 to first place; Odyssey Con membership and free books to top 3.

Ages: 18 or younger

Deadline: January

Ocean Awareness Student Contest

The theme is “Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution,” and it challenges you to research, explore, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans. Prizes range from $100-$1,500.

Grades: Middle school – High school

Deadline: June

Canvas Literary Journal

Teen literary magazine is published quarterly and seeks writers to submit fiction, novel excerpts, poetry, plays, nonfiction, new media, and cross-genre.

Ages: 13-18

Deadline: Fall

Creative Minds Contests

Open to applicants aged 18 and younger.

Short Fiction (open December – March): Students may submit up to two short stories of no more than 1,000 words each. First place story is published in print and online.

Creative Nonfiction/Essay (open August – November): Students may submit up to two creative nonfiction essays of no more than 1,000 words each. First place essay is published in print and online.

Poetry (open April – July): Free verse and formal poems are welcome. The first-place winner in each category will be published in the September/October 2016 issue of Imagine.

Santa Fe University of Arts & Design High School Creative Writing Competition

The Glazner Creative Writing Contest is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to compete for a chance at publication in Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s online journal, Jackalope Magazine. To enter, students must submit up to 10 pages of work in any genre to our contest email address (ude.ytisrevinuefatnas@tsetnoc).

Grades: 11-12

Deadline: November to Decembe

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay, Poetry & Art Contests

Several contests which focus on Dr. King’s legacy and the importance of empowerment through loving and peaceful struggle. For more information, please send an email to marsha@cbmlkcommission.org.