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All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Just for Fun

(and maybe glory!)

It feels great to reach a personal goal, and it's also nice when someone else recognizes your accomplishment. Motivation is key to achievement of any kind. Here are some contests and activities that could be motivating, fun and potentially lucrative!

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Writing Contests

Writer's Quest with Edgar Rice Burroughs

It has been 100 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs first introduced readers to his jungle hero and also to "John Carter" — a hero whose adventure hits the big screen this March in the new Disney film of the same name. Give your students the chance to learn more about Edgar Rice Burroughs and have a writing adventure of their own with the thought-provoking prompts in the Writer's Quest writing contest from AdLit.org and Reading Rockets.

The contest begins on March 9th and ends May 4th.

Creative Communication Poetry Contest

Creative Communication is a company who is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. Winners of their poetry contest win cash and prizes, and other entries of high merit are accepted for publication in their anthology.

Three contests each year.

Creative Communication Essay Contest

Creative Communication is a company who is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. Winners of their essay contest win cash and prizes, and other entries of high merit are accepted for publication in their anthology.

Three contests each year.

Inkpop from HarperCollins

Love to Write? Use Inkpop to connect with other teen writers; read and vote on what others write; talk about novels and poetry you love; write a post for the community; or enter a contest. Make the Top Pick list and your writing will be read by a HarperCollins editor.

Rolling deadlines.

High School Communications Contest

The only nationwide communications competition for high school students, The National Federation of Press Women invites students to compete in 17 categories: Editorial, Opinion, News Story, Feature Story, Sports Story, Column, Feature Photo, Sports Photo, Cartooning, Reviews, Graphics/Photo Illustration, Single-Page Layout, Double-Truck Layout, Environment, Video News Story, Video Feature Story and Video Sports Story. Each winner will receive a certificate, with first-place winners also receiving $100 cash.

Annual deadline is February 14.

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories (Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Latin, Folk, Gospel/Inspirational, Electronic, and Children's). You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Instrumental compositions are encouraged.

Open year-round, featuring two sessions — with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

This contest offer students in Grades 7-12 the opportunity to be recognized for their creative achievements in 30 categories, including Personal Essay, Short Story, Humor,Drawing, Painting, Photography, Film & Animation, Video Games, and Poetry. Judging criteria includes originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Regional deadlines vary.

You Can Be a Weekly Writer

Weekly Reader offers The Weekly Writer — a chance for kids to connect with famous authors and create original stories. The Weekly Writer is looking for creative submissions and most of all — for kids to have fun reading and writing.

Rolling deadlines.

Teen Ink Contests

Teen Ink is a national teen magazine, book, and website featuring teen writing, information, art, photos, poetry, teen issues, and more. Everything is written by teenage authors! Teen Ink sponsors 11 different contests to give young authors and artists a chance to shine.

No deadlines; entries accepted throughout the year.