7th – 12th Grade Writing Contest! Deadline Dec. 31

Throughout the year, the National Creative Society will either sponsor or refer our readers and members to existing contests for young artists.

The 2009 National Creative Society Literary Competition and Awards

Official Rules

Open to 7th through 12th grade full-time students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States or the District of Columbia and to home-schooled students between the ages of 12 and 18 who are residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia.

Three (3) copies of the entry must be mailed by a teacher on behalf of the student, along with a cover letter on school letterhead that includes the following details:

  • Date
  • Student’s full name, grade, address, e-mail and home telephone number
  • Name of high school
  • Name, email and daytime telephone number of teacher submitting essay
  • Name, e-mail and daytime telephone number of the school’s administration officer or guidance counselor
  • Certification by teacher that the submission is the student’s original work

For home-schooled students, three copies of the entry must be mailed by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of the student, along with a cover letter that certifies that the student is home-schooled and that includes the following details:

  • Date
  • Student’s full name, address, e-mail and home telephone number
  • Student’s equivalent grade
  • Name and daytime telephone number and e-mail of the parent/legal guardian
  • Certification by sponsoring parent for home-schooled student that the submission is the student’s original work

  Essays submitted without a cover letter or cover letters that do not include the above details will be disqualified. 

An acceptable submission will be:

Essay—a three to five page essay on any subject.

Poetry—a selection of three to five poems.

Fiction—a three to five page short story or excerpt of a longer work.

Entries must be at least three and no more than five double-spaced pages, 12 point font, Times New Roman, Arial, or similar, computer printed or typewritten. Please include three copies (including the cover letter) of each entry.

Entries must be mailed to The National Creative Society, PO Box 1564, Rome, GA, 30162-1564.  All entries must be postmarked between October 19, 2009 and December 31, 2009 to be eligible.

Entries will not be returned. By entering the contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own original creations.

Entries are void if they are illegible, incomplete, damaged or handwritten. No responsibility is assumed for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries.

All eligible entries received will be judged by a qualified panel of judges chosen by The National Creative Society.  Winners will be selected and notified by no later than April 29, 2010 via telephone or email.  Winning submissions will be posted on the National Creative Society website.  Copyrights for the winning submissions will remain with the student.

Submissions will be judged on style, content, grammar and originality. Judges will look for clear, concise writing that is articulate.

The prizes for the High School Division will be as follows:

    • First Place.  $1000.00
    • Second Place.  250.00
    • Third Place.  $150.00

The prizes for the Middle School Division will be as follows:

    • First Place.  $300.00 
    • Second Place.  $200.00
    • Third Place.  $100.00


Prizes will be awarded in the form of United States Savings Bonds.

In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, The National Creative Society reserves the right not to award some or all of the prizes.

This contest is void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.  National Creative Society representatives, National Creative Society employees, contest judges, and all of their immediate family members are not eligible for and may not enter this contest.

All expenses, including taxes (if any), on receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.  Winners shall be required to provide a Social Security Number for issuance of a 1099 Form.  By participating in the contest and/or accepting a prize, contestants release the National Creative Society from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.  Any dispute arising from this contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of Georgia.

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8 Responses to “7th – 12th Grade Writing Contest! Deadline Dec. 31”

  1. Jason Brooking Says:

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  2. fn Says:

    think it’s great what you are doing with the youngsters in contra costa county. years ago i opened record stores for a living & 1 was in concord & another in antioch. i lived in sunol, concord, guerneville & martinez for awhile & though I had been published prior to then I began my first novel while living in martinez. still have friends in area & forwarded your site to them. my youngest granddaughetr, now 25 & a college grad just had the 1st poem she submitted published. i had to nudge her to do so but we appeared in print together in same magazine when her poem was accepted. keep up the god work with the youngsters.

    • lizbooks Says:

      Thanks! So happy that you are encouraging your granddaughter. What I love about writing, is that you can do as much or as little of it to make you happy. It feeds your soul. I never understand when someone says they are bored. Only boring people are bored! They may be lonely, but they shouldn’t be bored, with all the interesting subjects out there to read and write about, or to do and discover.

      The more she writes and publishes the more it will “bite” her to do more! Glad you are writing too. Go for it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Gregory Despain Says:

    Excellent Website!

  4. PiterJankovich Says:

    My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english

    • lizbooks Says:

      Although I don’t get paid for my blog, I try to get people involved with reading and writing which is my passion. As an author, sometimes these people attend my workshops, participate in our local California Writers Club Young Writers Contests, and try to get students fired up about reading and writing too! Your English is fine. Keep on reading and writing!

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