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Achievement Awards

Achievement Awards in Writing - Previous Revision

Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to publicly recognize some of the best student writers in the nation. Only students who are JUNIORS in the current academic year may be nominated for awards.

2013 Achievement Awards Brochure
Entries will be accepted online from
November 30, 2012 - February 13, 2013.
Submit your online entry.
Entry form and papers are submitted electronically as one file for each student.

Nomination Procedures
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.   

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

Judging Guidelines (PDF FILE)


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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 2012-2013.





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