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Norman Mailer Student and Teacher Writing Awards

Norman Mailer Student and Teacher Writing Awards

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

Middle School/High School Teacher Creative Non-Fiction Winner:
Nicole Simonsen from Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, California
Empire of School

High School Creative Non-Fiction Winner:
Debolina Ghosh from Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Those Words You Never Said To Me

Two-Year College Creative Non-Fiction Winner:
Teresa Costigan from SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, New York
Resting on Vincent

Four-Year College Creative Non-Fiction Winner:
Lucy Fleming from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Four Wombs

College Poetry Winner:
Emily Price from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Keepsake

View the full list of 2016 winners.

High School Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to students currently enrolled in a high school accredited by the US. Students may submit one or more pieces of writing as one file, maximum 10 single-spaced pages, endorsed by a teacher and released by a parent or guardian. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony.

Community College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to full-time students enrolled in two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges.Submissions may be one or more pieces of writing downloaded as one file. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony.


Four-year College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to current full-time undergraduate students. Submissions may be one or more pieces of writing downloaded as one file. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 at a special award ceremony.

College Poetry Writing Award is open to full time students enrolled in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Students may submit one or more poems, to a maximum of 5 pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony.

Middle and High School Teacher Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to full- and part-time middle and high school teachers. Teachers may submit one piece of writing with a maximum of 15 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 at a special award ceremony.

Award Guidelines:

  • You must follow the page number requirements for the category you enter.
  • The writing you upload must include a title, your name, and page numbers within your file. Use a plain, common, and easily readable font, such as Times New Roman, 11- or 12-point. Accepted file types: .pdf, .doc, .docx, and .txt (maximum file size: 8 megabytes).
  • Submissions not falling within the specified category guidelines will be disqualified.
  • Late entries can not be accepted. 
  • Only one entry per student or teacher is allowed.Authors retain copyright of their work.

Judging:  Submissions will be read by national panels of highly respected teachers and writers. They will be judged by how well they achieve several qualities, including the artful treatment of subject matter; originality; quality of insight, image, voice, and style; artful arrangement of elements and materials; and overall aesthetic, emotional or intellectual effect. Submissions not falling withing the required award guidelines will be disqualified.

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