Language Arts Contests
Language Arts Writing Contests


NJCTE High School Writing Contest 2017

Submission deadline:  11:59 p.m., December 16, 2016.  See for details.

"Sticks and Stones"

·  Poetry (one poem, 50-line max.) –FREE CHOICE

· Short story (5-page max. double-spaced) – FREE CHOICE

·  Personal essay* (5-page max., double-spaced) – RESPOND TO PROMPT

Personal Essay Writing Prompt:

"Sometimes one or two words have a tremendous impact.  This may be true of words we have uttered or words that have been spoken or written to us.  We may have observed someone close to us afflicted or strengthened by words directed at them.  Write about a time when a word or a set of words had a powerful effect. (See, for example, Countee Cullen's   "Incident".) Did this word/these words have a long-term effect on your life or the life of someone close to you?  If the words inflicted pain, how and why? Did an insult ever make you stronger? Did a word haunt you for days or weeks later?  Did a word of praise ever come to your rescue?  Were you motivated to act decisively or change your ways by something someone said to you?  Bring readers into your story and help them think about the power of words.  Make us understand your thoughts, feel your pain, or share your joy.”


United States Institute of Peace
National High School Essay Contest

USIP is proud to partner with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) on the annual National High School Essay Contest for 2016-2017. The contest engages high school students each year in learning and writing about issues of peace and conflict, encouraging appreciation for diplomacy’s role in building partnerships that can advance peacebuilding and protect national security. The 2016-2017 contest challenges students to closely examine the causes and impact of the refugee crisis. The winner of the contest will receive a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the secretary of state and USIP leadership, and a full-tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea upon the student’s enrollment at an accredited university. The runner-up will receive a $1,250 cash prize and a full scholarship to participate in the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference. The deadline for the contest is March 15, 2017.  Learn more about the question and contest rules.


Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest

Write an essay (500 words or less)
Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.

Win great prizes
Grand prize: $1,500 scholarship
3 Finalists: Mini tablet
Separate prizes for middle and high school categories in both Suddenlink and Optimum service areas.

Deadline: November 7, 2016  

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