Narrative High School Writing Contest
Our Ninth Annual High School Contest is now closed.
We’re in the process of reading submissions and will be announcing the winners and finalists in mid-April 2024.
Welcome to the High School Writing Contest—an invitation to be discovered and to have your voice shared with the world!
This year we invited students to use the prompt MY NOTE TO THE WORLD as a springboard to craft a letter (essay) or story of no more than 600 words, or a poem of 10 to 50 lines, to depict a theme or problem and propose some kind of solution. We invited students to imagine they were onstage and the world was listening: what challenge did they feel compelled to address creatively and in their own unique voice?
Our sincere thanks to all the students who sent in their stories, letters, and poems and to all the teachers who submitted on their students’ behalf!
Here’s a short video featuring recent contest winners, along with former guest judge Jericho Brown and Narrative editor Carol Edgarian, as they share their thoughts on inspiration and writing.
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