Writing Contests

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

Sir Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)

http://www.sirbacon.org/links/baconquotes.html   

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/francis-bacon/   

(Let us first agree that Sir Bacon’s statement applies equally to women.)

 

The only way to improve writing skills is to write more. 

Helpful writing exercises include:  keeping a personal journal, writing letters to family and friends, and writing letters of opinions for publication.  Writing poems, essays, family history, and short fiction can also be very helpful for focussing your attention on writing.

For an Academic Style Guide, go to:

Academic Writing (SUNY ESC)

http://www.esc.edu/online-writing-center/resources/academic-writing/

Tips and links to resources for improving writing skills are posted on EduNorth, under Plain Language.

Below are links to a variety of Writing Contests that may be of interest for yourself or for a family member. 

 

Writing Contests

Writer Beware:   Alerts about Schemes, Scams, & Pitfalls

http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/

 

AFCEA Intelligence Essay Contest   

http://www.afcea.org/mission/intel/resource.asp 

 

Antigonish Review

http://www.antigonishreview.com/           

 

Arc Poetry Magazine Contests & Awards

http://www.arcpoetry.ca/     

 

Atlantic Council of Canada

http://atlantic-council.ca/educational-outreach/contests/       

 

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests

http://aynrandnovels.org/essay-contests.html   

 

Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Award 

http://www.wagingpeace.org/menu/programs/awards-&-contests/bmk-contest/index.htm

Bastiat Prize for Journalism

http://reason.org/news/show/bastiat-prize-2013

    

Bellingham Review Contests

http://www.bhreview.org/       

 

Canadian Authors Association Contests

http://www.canauthors.org/contests.html     

 

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

http://ccla.org/education-2/student-contests/essay/

 

Canadian Study of Parliament Group

http://www.studyparliament.ca/English/index_en.htm 

 

CBC Literary Awards

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/literaryawards/       

 

Center for Strategic & International Studies

http://csis.org/program/project-nuclear-issues/essay-contest

 

Commonwealth Writers

http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/

 

Creative Writing Contests

http://writingcontests.wordpress.com/     

 

Current Competitions (SWWV)

http://home.vicnet.net.au/~swwvic/pages/competition.htm

 

Dupont Challenge Science Essay

http://thechallenge.dupont.com/

 

Dalton Camp Award Essay Competiton

http://www.friends.ca/dca/  

 

Engineers Without Borders Youth Contests

http://youth.ewb.ca/contest     

    

Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

http://unu.edu/esmf/index-eng.html     

 

Fiddlehead Poem and Story Contests

http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html     

 

Fraser Institute Education Programs

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/education-programs/overview.aspx

           

Global Peter Drucker Challenge   

http://www.druckerchallenge.org/   

 

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition   

http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/gbc/globalsocialentrepreneurshipcompetition/Pages/GSEC.aspx 

 

Governor General’s Literary Awards  

http://www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggla/default.htm 

 

Great Canadian Literary Hunt   

http://this.org/contribute/great-canadian-literary-hunt/   

 

Great Questions Essay Competition   

http://www.greatquestions.com/en/

 

Griffith Observer Annual Boeing Writing Contest

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/skywriting.html

 

Germans from Russia Heritage Society   

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/skywriting.html 

 

Griffin Poetry Prize     

http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/   

 

Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award   

http://theformalist.evansville.edu/contest.html 

 

Humanist Essay Contest  

http://thehumanist.org/humanist-essay-contest/     

 

Immersion in the Science Worlds through the Arts

http://iswa.fisica.unina.it/

 

International Affairs Forum

http://www.ia-forum.org/StudentAwards/

 

International Finance Corporation & Financial Times Essay Competition   

http://www.ifc.org/ifcext/essaycompetition.nsf/Content/Home 

 

Irmgard Coninx Stiftung Essay Competition                 

http://www.irmgard-coninx-stiftung.de/index.php?id=169 

 

Japan Foreign Trade Council Essay Competition   

http://www.jftc.or.jp/english/discourse/index.html 

 

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize   

http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/

 

Legal Writing Contest Database (NYLS)

http://www.nylslawreview.com/writing-contest-database/

 

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

http://www.lifehappens.org/life-lessons/

 

Malahat Review Awards & Prizes   

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html 

 

New Millenium Awards   

http://www.newmillenniumwritings.com/awards.php 

 

New Zealand Poetry Society Haiku Competitions  

http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haikunews/competitions 

 

Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards

http://www.ncte.org/awards/student/nmwa 

 

PARSEC Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest

http://www.parsec-sff.org/contest.html

 

PEN American Center Literary Awards   

http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/3504/prmID/1351 

 

Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chapter Essay Contests)

http://www.psr.org/

 

Prairie Fire Contests   

http://www.prairiefire.ca/contests.html    

 

Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society

http://www.wordsandmusic.org/2010%20Winners-Finalists.html

 

Poets & Writers:  Grants & Awards Database  

http://www.pw.org/grants?sort=asc&order=Deadline&apage=*        

 

PRISM International

http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

  

Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest   

http://queerfoundation.org/html/essay_contest.html 

 

Royal Commonwealth Society Youth Essay Competition

http://www.thercs.org/youth/essaycompetition 

 

SEVEN Fund Essay Competitions       

http://www.sevenfund.org/contests-competitions.html 

 

Short Grain Contest   

http://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.html 

 

Shakespeare Fellowship Essay Contest

http://www.shakespearefellowship.org/

 

Society for the History of Discoveries   

http://www.sochistdisc.org/essay-contest.htm 

 

Society of Professional Journalists

http://www.spj.org/a-hs.asp

 

Strokestown International Poetry Competition  

http://www.strokestownpoetry.org/compinfo.htm 

 

Teachers Against Prejudice Essay Contest 

http://www.teachersagainstprejudice.org/contests.html  

 

Writing Contests for K – 12 Students

http://www.katyisd.org/students/Pages/Studentwriting.aspx

 

Writers’ Union of Canada Contests   

http://www.writersunion.ca/cn_main.asp 

 

Writers’ Trust of Canada Contests   

http://www.writerstrust.com/Home/Contests.aspx 

 

Young Environmental Writers Contest (SAGE Magazine)

http://sagemagazine.org/?p=2160

 

Young Naturalist Awards (AMNH)

http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards/ 

 

Writer Beware:   Alerts about Schemes, Scams, & Pitfalls

http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/