Vermont High School Writing Contest

Vermont High School Writing Contest

Announcing the 2021-22 Vermont High School Writing Contest!

Northern Vermont University and the League of Vermont Writers announce the 2021-2022 Vermont High School Writing Contest. NVU and the League are co-sponsoring this exciting opportunity for young writers that kicks off September 1, 2021.

Who may take part: Vermont students in grades 9-12, including those who home school

Submission categories: Fiction, non-fiction, or poetry

Entries accepted: September 1 through November 15, 2021

Winners announced: On or about January 15, 2022

Awards: Winners in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. First runners-up in each category will receive a $100 cash prize. Both winners and first runners-up will also have the opportunity to publish their work in NVU’s Green Mountains Review and the League of Vermont Writers’ League Lines, and receive a one-year membership in the League of Vermont Writers.

Additionally, the winner and runner-up in each category will receive an NVU scholarship of $1,000 or $500, respectively, renewable for four years!

A special awards event will be held in early 2022 on NVU’s Johnson campus. 

Northern Vermont University Johnson has long offered a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and has added a new Bachelors of Arts degree in Professional Writing, Editing, and Publishing. The League, founded in 1929, is Vermont’s oldest association of writers and has included many prominent Vermont authors in its 92-year history. These institutions can provide much-needed encouragement, assistance, and recognition for aspiring young writers.

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Please see the Submission Guidelines below for details.

Announcement to High Schools

Inquiry Form

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Questions? Please contact:

Tyrone Shaw, Northern Vermont University
Henry Parker, League of Vermont Writers