Writing competitions for teens

One way of getting published is to enter your work into writing competitions.

Winning an award is the way many top New Zealand poets and writers have started their careers, and good prizes often await the winners.

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Atlantis Short Story Contest
Cash prizes and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Entry fees start from $10 depending on the level of feedback wanted. Deadline: 30 November 2016.
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
For poems written by any young poet aged 11 to 17. Each year 100 winners (85 commendations and 15 overall winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. Free entry. Deadline: 31 July 2016.
Munster Literature Centre Competitions
The Munster Literature Centre runs several competitons throughout the year including short stories and poetry competitions. Deadline: 31 July 2016.
National Schools Poetry Awards
The Award is normally held annually. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand. Deadline: 4 July 2016.
NESFA Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest
The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateur and semi-professional writers to reach the next level of proficiency. A qualifying story must have strong science fiction or fantasy elements and must be shorter than 7,500 words. Deadline: 30 September 2016.
NZ Society of Genealogists competition
First World War Essay Competition: The Trust is pleased to provide this opportunity for NZSG members to turn their research and writing skills into a permanent record of their family and events surrounding World War One. The purpose of the competition is to encourage the recording of New Zealand family histories, improving the standard of research of family history, adding it to a national collection and achieve these aims through readable interesting narrative. Deadline: 31 December 2016.
Pikihuia Awards
Includes a category of Best Short Story in English or Māori by a Māori secondary school student. Held every two years by Huia Publishers. Past winners
Re-Draft
Re-Draft is a competition for 13 to19 year olds run by the Christchurch School for Young Writers. Your work could be chosen as the title of their annual publication. Read the guidelines. Deadline: 30 September 2016.
Takahē
Takahē runs an annual poetry competition, and biannually alternates between short stories and essays. The Takahe Collective Trust is a non-profit organisation that aims to support emerging and published writers, poets, artists and cultural commentators. Poetry deadline: 31 August 2016. Short story deadline: 31 March 2016.
Teen Ink
Teen Ink runs a bunch of contests for writing and art.
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