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Contests, Grants, and Recognition

VATE wants to help teachers encourage their students to participate in meaningful literacy activities.  Check this page to get information on writing contests and other learning opportunities to share with your students!

Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Writing Contest

Check out Gaithersburg’s Book Festival Short Story Writing Contest, open to high school students in the Metropolitan DC area. This is a fun opportunity for your students to use the ‘story starters’ and really get creative with their writing. For full contest information and entry information, see the Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Writing Contest website.

NCTE Promising Young Writers Awards

The Promising Young Writers Program of the National Council of Teachers of English recognizes eighth graders for superior achievement in writing. To support this program and encourage excellence in student writing and the teaching of writing, the Virginia Association of Teachers of English offers this publication as an example of the fine writing and teaching occurring in Virginia. Learn more on their website!

NCTE Achievement in Writing Awards Program

To encourage high school students in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the nation, the National Council of Teachers of English gives achievement awards in writing to students nominated and cited as excellent writers by judges.

Excellence in Student Literary Magazines

The program is intended as a means of recognition for students, teachers, and schools producing excellent literary magazines; as an inducement for improving the quality of such magazines; and as encouragement for all schools to develop literary magazines, seeking excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production. Magazines are evaluated and ranked.