Free Writing Contests for teens

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Creative Communication is a company who is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. Winners of their poetry contest win cash and prizes, and other entries of high merit are accepted for publication in their anthology.

Three contests each year.

Creative Communication is a company who is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. Winners of their essay contest win cash and prizes, and other entries of high merit are accepted for publication in their anthology.

Love to Write? Use Inkpop to connect with other teen writers; read and vote on what others write; talk about novels and poetry you love; write a post for the community; or enter a contest. Make the Top Pick list and your writing will be read by a HarperCollins editor.

Rolling deadlines.

The only nationwide communications competition for high school students, The National Federation of Press Women invites students to compete in 17 categories: Editorial, Opinion, News Story, Feature Story, Sports Story, Column, Feature Photo, Sports Photo, Cartooning, Reviews, Graphics/Photo Illustration, Single-Page Layout, Double-Truck Layout, Environment, Video News Story, Video Feature Story and Video Sports Story. Each winner will receive a certificate, with first-place winners also receiving $100 cash.

Annual deadline is February 14.

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories (Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Latin, Folk, Gospel/Inspirational, Electronic, and Children's). You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Instrumental compositions are encouraged.

Open year-round, featuring two sessions — with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year.

This contest offer students in Grades 7-12 the opportunity to be recognized for their creative achievements in 30 categories, including Personal Essay, Short Story, Humor, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Film & Animation, Video Games, and Poetry. Judging criteria includes originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Regional deadlines vary.

Weekly Reader offers The Weekly Writer — a chance for kids to connect with famous authors and create original stories. is looking for creative submissions and most of all — for kids to have fun reading and writing.

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I can't answer as many of those questions as I'd like, so I thought if I put all of those answers in one place, along with stuff like regular flash fiction contests, writing prompts and featured columns by guest authors, I might be able to create a ..