Writing Contests for Children and Young People

Quarterly Writing Contests

Youth writing contests are held in March, June, September and December. Writing about the theme may be in either prose or poetry. 

Contest Age Categories: 6-9; 10-13; 14-17

Prizes: $7.00, $5.00, $3.00

2022 Themes for Contests:

March: A trip to the zoo  – Entry due between February 20 and March 1, and awarded at the April 11 writers guild meeting.

June: How to be a good friend – Entry due by June 30, judged in July, and awarded at the August 8 writers guild meeting.

September: Caring for a (my) dog or cat  – Entry due by September 30, judged in October, and awarded at the November 14 writers guild meeting.

December: Helping an older person  – Entry due by December 31, judged in January, and awarded at the February 13 writers guild meeting.

Annual Fee for Youth Writing Contests:

$7.50 fee for an entire year of four contests.

Contest Rules:


You may write prose or poetry. (Prose simply means writing that is not poetry.)
Please use Times New Roman font.
Prose may be up to 750 words, and double-spaced.
Poetry should be single-spaced.
Do not put your name on any page of your contest entry.
Include a cover page with the following information:
             Your title 
             The first two lines of your entry
             Your name
             Age
             Address
             Phone number
             Email address


How to Enter the Contest:

Attach your entry in one email document by midnight of the last day of the contest month. See specific dates above.

Send entries to the Guild email: sswgsisp@gmail.com with the subject line: Youth Contest.

The $7.50 fee for four contests should be mailed to SSWG 14708 Oak Crest Dr., Siloam Springs AR 72761.

Attendance of participants at a guild meeting during their award month is expected. Guild meetings are the second Monday of the month at 5:30 at First Baptist Church, Siloam. Awards would be awarded during the business meeting (which follows the evening’s program).

For questions, contact Jane, 479-373-6382.

March/April 2022 award winners: 6-9 yr. Sharlett Ellicott; 10-13 yr. 2nd place: Eithen Ellicott, 1st place: Paxton Weathers; 14-17 yr. 2nd place: Elizabeth Batchelor, 1st place: Elijah Mason