Prizes and Contests for English Students

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Madeleine Karydes
Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine attended UC Berkeley and double-majored in English and Media Studies. She is now an integral part of the Empowerly team.

Are you a strong English student? Do you have a natural knack for literature and language? Make the most of your skills here! Contests for English students typically aren’t as widely broadcast as other competitive fields. Nevertheless, there are plenty of options. Browse these opportunities to see if adding a writing-based extracurricular thread to your college profile makes sense!

Let’s dig right in.

Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards

These awards stand out because of the range of their categories. Enter the site to view all your possibilities!

YoungArts National Arts Competition

This competition does usually charge an entry fee of $35, but the awards might be worth it. Students can win up to $10,000 and a chance at artistic mentorship as well.

Bennington Young Writers Awards

Check out this contest for English students! The college allows students at the high school level to submit their personal writing for consideration. 

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

This competition is geared specifically at high school sophomores and juniors. Earn a valuable prize or potentially publication in the Kenyon Review.

The Ocean Awareness Contest

This competition allows a variety of media and expression to be highlighted. Focus on the theme of the year and write from the heart!

Are you looking for more options of contests for English students to browse? You can click through to this teacher-created resource and this list by Forbes, for starters. Also, don’t be afraid to investigate on your own. However, if you find you do need support while you search, we can match you with a counselor to guide you on your way. 


Get started soon! Besides the possibility of some nice cash prizes, young writers can earn coverage for their work and a quantifiable way to describe your talents. Try to channel your upcoming free time into one of these contests for English students. See what happens!

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