Started as a local writing contest in Chicago in 1995, the Young Authors Writing Competition has grown into a yearly international contest of high school writers. Sponsored by the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, the competition has received tens of thousands of submissions from talented writers all over the world. We are thrilled to award top submissions with cash prizes and recognition in the categories of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The Young Authors Writing Competition is a national competition for high school writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. A:Creative Nonfiction Writing: essays in all forms, styles, and subjects. Guidelines: 10-page max., double-spaced, 12-point type. B: Fiction Writing: original fiction in all forms, styles, and subjects. Guidelines: 10-page max., double-spaced, 12-point type. C: Poetry: original poetry in all forms, styles, and subjects. Guidelines: 3-5 poems, 10-page max., double-spaced, 12-point type. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2022. Check out here to find out about Columbia College Young Authors in great detail.
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