Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the nation. The National Council of Teachers of English recognize students cited as excellent writers by judges. Only students who are JUNIORS in the academic year 2012-2013 may be nominated for 2013 awards.
The 2013 Achievement Awards Brochure will be available November 2012.
Submissions are accepted online only. Themed writing replaces the impromptu timed writing.
2012 Achievement Awards Brochure
(PDF of 2012 entry)
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each high school selects its own nominee or nominees: one or more juniors agreed upon by the English department, not chosen by an individual teacher. Home-schooled students may submit through a cooperating school.
Judge Criteria used by judges to score papers
Two written compositions (best and themed) by each student are required. See the brochure for the Theme writing topic and instructions. Both writings should go through a recursive process of drafting and revision and be in two different genres (poetry, narrative, argument, expository).
- Themed writing. The topic is designated by NCTE.
- Best writing sample (prose and/or verse) that the student considers his or her best work, regardless of the amount of revision.
- Submit electronically as one file. Electronic Entry Form
Number of Nominees
The number of nominees allowed from each school is determined by the current total enrollment in grades 10, 11, 12. The enrollment figure used must be an official one from administrative reports of the current year and must not include ninth-grade students.
Under 500 students 1 nominee
500–999 students 2 nominees
1,000–1,499 students 3 nominees
1,500–1,999 students 4 nominees
2,000–2,499 students 5 nominees
2,500–2,999 students 6 nominees
3,000–3,999 students 7 nominees
4,000 or more students 8 nominees
2012 Achievement Awards Students Receiving Certificates for Superior Writing
2011 Achievement Awards Students Receiving Certificates for Superior Writing
2010 Achievement Awards Students Receiving Certificates for Superior Writing
2009 Achievement Awards Students Receiving Certificates for Superior Writing
2008 Achievement Awards Students Receiving Certificates for Superior Writing
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2011-2012.