Maryland Voices A Creative Nonfiction Journal Call For Submissions Volume XI, May 2020

Maryland Voices, Maryland’s first creative nonfiction publication for high school students, is now accepting creative nonfiction works from Maryland students in grades 9-12. Selected stories will be published in Volume XI of Maryland Voices in May 2020.

Creative nonfiction is the telling of a true story in an entertaining and creative way. Stories must be under 3,000 words.

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The 2019–20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionary Kids Contest

The 2019–20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Visionary Kids Contest.
Art, Film, Essay/Poem, or Performance. Open to AACPS students grades 6-12
Deadline: December 18, 2019
This year’s theme:
The Time is Always Right
to do What’s Right:
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told a group of students,
“The time is always right to do what’s right.” Dr. King was
referencing the recent turmoil and violence in our country,
but through a vision and hope for peace. As the theme for the
2020 MLK, Jr. Memorial breakfast, we encourage you to reflect
upon what this statement means to you, as a future leader
and change agent for peace and equality for all.

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WJZ 13 2019 Black History Oratory Competition

WJZ’s Annual Black History Oratory Competition begins on January 1, 2019 and is open to all Maryland high school students in grades 9-12.

Students select one of the designated motivational quotes by Ray Lewis, Romare Bearden or Michelle Obama, and write an original essay.

“Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you.”  Ray Lewis

“Art is the soul of a people.”  Romare Bearden

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”  Michelle Obama

Download the rules and application form and enter by January 31, 2019

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”

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