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These writing/creativity contests are offered through various organazations and not the school. Most are free and require parent permission to enter. We encourage all of our students to check them out and give it a try. 

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Entry fees are $7 per individual entry and $25 per portfolio. If the entry fee is a barrier to your participation in the Awards, we will waive the fee when you submit a Fee Waiver Form.
The 2022 Scholastic Awards open for entries on September 1, 2021. Deadlines vary between December 2021 and January 2022, depending on your region. Curious about your region’s deadline?
Different categories to enter:
Art Categories Writing Categories
Architecture & Industrial Design Critical Essay
Ceramics & Glass Dramatic Script
Comic Art Flash Fiction
Design Journalism
Digital Art Humor
Drawing & Illustration Novel Writing
Editorial Cartoon Personal Essay & Memoir
Expanded Projects Poetry
Fashion Science Fiction & Fantasy
Film & Animation Short Story
Jewelry Writing Portfolio (graduating seniors only)
Mixed Media  
Art Portfolio (graduating seniors only)

Bow Seat- Ocean Awareness Programs

Why participate?
  • Gain knowledge about climate change and its relationship to and impact on the ocean. Dive into Bow Seat’s Resource Studio to learn more about the issues; find artists and organizations taking action to protect our blue planet; and discover ways that you can get involved.
  • Grow your skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and environmental advocacy. Use your artwork to raise awareness for critical environmental issues.
  • Build your portfolio and make art in your preferred medium, or practice a new one! Add to your resume with a participation certificate.
  • Showcase your talents worldwide. Through art exhibitions, publications, social media campaigns, and scholarships, Bow Seat uplifts diverse youth voices to advance dialogue and participation in ocean conservation and advocacy.
  • Join Bow Seat’s global community of 24,000+ young people who care about the ocean, environmental justice, and climate action. Be inspired by the work of other young creators around the world.
  • Be eligible for special opportunities, like the Future Blue Youth Council, a diverse group of young people working together to advance Bow Seat’s mission and to empower fellow peers to advocate for the environment.
  • Earn cash awards of up to $1,500!

Engineer Girl

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world.  The topic and detailed instructions for the contest are posted in September with a deadline for submissions on February 1st of the following year. Winners are announced in the spring.
Write an informative essay about how engineering can help humanity
meet one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals identify 17 areas where urgent action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people have equal opportunities to enjoy peace and prosperity. The world needs people with engineering skills to make these happen.

Manningham Poem Contest

Ten prizes will be awarded in each division: First Place - $75, Second Place - $50, Third Place - $40, Fourth Place - $35, Fifth Place - $30, and five Honorable Mentions - $10 each. All winning poems will be published in the Manningham Trust Poetry Student Award Anthology. Winners will receive complimentary copies. The schools of each winning student will receive a complimentary copy for the school library. Notice of winners report will be sent to each state’s Manningham (Youth) chair. Awards (certificates, checks, anthologies) will also be mailed to the state chairperson. Each state is responsible for distributing prizes to winners and winning schools. The top winning poems will be read to NFSPS members at the Convention held in June 2022.

New York Times ongoing Contests


Our 2021-22 Student Contest Calendar

From art and editorials to personal narratives, profiles and podcasts, a list of the nine contests — plus additional weekly and monthly challenges — we’re running this year.
Why do we run so many contests? We believe in student voice. We want young people to be active content creators, not just consumers. And we’re proud to offer places where they can create for an authentic audience of students, teachers, parents and other readers from around the world.