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How to Use the Internet in the Classroom: Student Writing Contests

By Julie Vitulano, Teachers Network Webmentor and high school ESL and English teacher at University Neighborhood High School, New York, NY.  Contact Julie.

Student Writing Contests

Visit these sites with your students for searching, browsing, and reading about contest requirements. Then create a fabulous bulletin board or handout which itemizes all the contests you have gleaned from your searches. Good luck!


A&E Network's Biography of the Year Essay Contest
http://aande.com/class 
Write an original essay supporting your choice of an important person you think should be selected for Biography® Of The Year. Your essay must be limited to 250 words or less. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Persuasiveness (1/3); Creativity (1/3); and Suitability (1/3). Contests also available based on A&E cable programs.


Letters About Literature 2001
http://lcweb.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/letters.html 
This annual writing contest invites students to write a letter to an author living or dead explaining how the author's book gave them wings and changed their way of viewing the world and themselves. The contest has two competition levels: Level I for students in grades 4-7; Level II for students in grades 8-12. 

Young Naturalist Awards 
http://amnh.org/youngnaturalistawards
This writing contest promotes participation and communication in science. The American Museum of Natural History asks you to look back and look ahead at amazing scientific advancement, new discoveries, new ideas, and new questions in science. Find a place in the world and make it yours. 

Writing! Magazine's Annual Writing Contest
http://weeklyreader.com 
Every year, Writing! Magazine sponsors a creative writing contest. A stimulating theme is chosen and students write from there. See links to other contests in the "I am a teacher" section.


MADD PosterESSAY Contest 
http://madd.org/under21/Poster_Essay.shtml 
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) created the PosterESSAY contest. If you are interested, please contact your local MADD chapter to see if they are participating.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 
http://ushmm.org/education/2000winners.htm 
Each spring, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. sponsors an Art and Writing Contest. A specific theme/question is provided so visit the site for more information.

Studyweb Language Arts Contests and Competitions
http://studyweb.com/links/1078.html 
This site contains links to numerous student writing contests, ranging from Pre-K to college level. 

Grandma Jam's Online Contests for Kids and Teens
http://grandmajam.com/luv2kids.htm#writers 
Check out the writing contest section on the homepage. Additional contests feature art, brain teasers, and games of chance.

 

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