SoMLA’s 2018 – 2019 Young Authors’ Contest

Who:          Students in Grades 9 – 12

What:         Write a poem or short story!

When: Due to Ms. Lindsay in D407 by January 7, 2019 along with a signed parent contract

  • Entries must be original work.
  • All entries must use no smaller than 12 point font in Times New Roman or Comic Sans.
  • Short story entry may range from a minimum of 800 words to no more than 2,000 words.
  • Poem entry will consist of a single poem, any style from a minimum of 25 words to no more than 300 words.
  • Entries must not include graphics.
  • Each entry must include a completed cover sheet signed by the student author and sponsoring teacher.


  1. Entry meets all of the above guidelines.
  2. Story reflects creativity and appropriate use of language and short story structure.
  3. Poem reflects creative and appropriate use of language and imagery.
  4. Entries of a violent nature will be deemed inappropriate.
  5. Any violation(s) of these guidelines or criteria will disqualify the entry. The decisions of the state judge panel are final.




Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s “Jack L. Chalker Young Writers’ Contest”

*Photo credit Heather Haynsen

Maryland Students: Ages 14-18
Cash Prizes: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50
The three winners shall also receive complimentary registrations for the Balticon Science Fiction Convention for themselves and their parents or one guest each and a free
Balticon T-Shirt.

The deadline is March 31st of any given year.
Submissions must be in the field of science fiction or fantasy.
Contest Website for information:
b. Submissions shall be no more than 2,500 words in length.
c. All submissions should include a title page with the title of the story, the entrant’s name or note Home schooled, home address, evening phone number, and e-mail address if possible. Also, please include your English teacher’s name.
d. Paper submissions must have numbered pages – all submissions must have a footer with the title and page number. They should not have the entrants name or other identifying information on the individual pages. Paper submissions should be typed or printed, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11″ paper.
e. Electronic submissions must be sent as an attachment to email in either Microsoft Word, PDF or Word Perfect format. Otherwise they must be printed out and submitted on paper. One contestant may submit multiple entries, but only one prize may be won by any one entrant.
f. The winners will be contacted before the convention and their names will be announced to the public at the next Balticon on Memorial Day Weekend just before the Masquerade on Saturday night.. Winners need not be present to receive their prizes.
g. Paper submissions should be addressed to:
Balticon Young Writers’ Contest
BSFS, Inc.
PO Box 686
Baltimore, MD 21203-0686
h. Electronic submissions should be addressed to: “ywc at balticon dot org”
i. Judges shall be drawn from the membership of BSFS, Inc. All submissions become the property of Baltimore Science Fiction Society Inc. (BSFS, Inc.), and may be published in Society publications. For additional information, call the BSFS Building @ 410-563-2737 or the coordinator at 410-823-8913, or send email to: “ywc at balticon dot org,” Convention website

For general organization information and science fiction resources check

The 2018–19 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionary Kids Contest

MLK Visionary Kids Contest

Open to all Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ students grades 6–12. Show your creativity through Film Essay/Poem Art/Performance.

One High School Senior will receive a $1000 MLK Visionary Kids Contest Scholarship to the College, Career, or Technical School of their choice. Scholarship provided by the
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Committee

MLK Breakfast tickets will be awarded to:
Middle school contest winners (3)
High School (grades 9-11) winners (3)
Senior Runners-up (3)
Senior Scholarship Contest winner (1)

Submissions will be juried by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel
County. Category winners receive Certificates of Award and will
be acknowledged at an AACPS Board of Education Meeting. All
entrants receive a Certificate of Participation.

National Poetry Month Poster Contest

National Poetry Month Poster Contest

2019 national poetry month poster contest for students

The Academy of American Poets, the originator and organizer of National Poetry Month, invites students in the United States who are in grades 9 through 12 to enter artwork to be considered for the official April 2019 National Poetry Month poster. For the first time in twenty-two years, the poster, which is sent to 100,000 libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide and made available by download on, will feature a student’s winning artwork. The winning student will be featured on, in American Poets magazine, and will receive $500 plus signed copies of books by this year’s judges, Academy Chancellor Emeritus Naomi Shihab Nye and renowned graphic designer and educator Debbie MillmanSubmissions will be accepted online between September 1 and October 31, 2018. 

Finalists will each receive a copy of American Journal, an anthology of fifty contemporary poems selected and with an introduction by U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, published by Graywolf Press. Continue reading “National Poetry Month Poster Contest”

Spring Literary Magazine Contest

Meade’s Spring Lit Mag Contest

Poems, stories, films, photos, original artwork, and music compositions

Are you a poet or story writer? Do you like film-making or composing your own music? Are you an artist or photographer? Have you ever wanted your work to be published in a magazine? Then submit your work to Meade’s Spring Literary Magazine Contest! Give us your best work and we’ll showcase it for you. This contest will run from April 9th-20th, and winners will receive a small prize! If you miss the deadline, you will not be entered into the contest, but your work may still be uploaded on our website.

We’re always looking for help to put the magazine together, too! If you’d like to be on staff, please come to D407 during Pride Period every Tuesday, we’d be happy to have you!

Bring submissions in to D407 or send as an email attachment/share Google Doc with For more information, contact Ms. Lindsay in D407 or email


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