2017 Entries Accepted
November 26, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Purpose: To stimulate and recognize student's writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.
Eligibility: Eighth-grade students in the current academic school year are eligible to be nominated by a school committee or department. It is recommended nominees be decided upon by several teachers. Nominees must demonstrate evidence of effective writing.
Schools in the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and American Schools Abroad are eligible to nominate students. Nominating schools must be US accredited.
The number of nominees allowed from each school is determined by the school's average eighth-grade daily enrollment.
Use the following guide:
Under 100 1 nominee
100–199 2 nominees
200–299 3 nominees
300–399 4 nominees
400–499 5 nominees
500 or more 6 nominees
Award Specifics: Two written submissions (best and themed) are required from nominated students.
- Best Writing - one sample which the student considers her or his best work. The best writing may be in any genre or combination of genres (poetry, narrative, argument, expository). An excerpt from a larger piece of writing by the student is acceptable with a paragraph explaining the piece from which the excerpt was taken. Maximum length for the best writing is six (6) pages. The student's name and "Best" must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page.
- Themed Writing - must be written based on the topic developed by the Promising Young Writers Advisory Committee. Maximum length for the theme writing is four (4) pages. The student's name and "Themed" must appear on the upper left hand corner of each page.
2017 Promising Young Writers Theme
(Available in October)
General Directions for Best and Themed Writing:
- One teacher completes one entry form per student and uploads the student's papers as only one file. The maximum length for the best writing is six (6) pages; the maximum length fr the themed writing is four (4) pages.
- The student's name and "Best" or "Themed" must appear in the upper left-hand corner of each page.
- The page number must appear in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
- The school's name must not appear on the paper or within the body of writing.
- Use legible type - no smaller than 11 or 12 point.
- Double space with one inch margins on all sides. This does not apply to poetry.
- Research papers, term papers, and novels will not be accepted.
- Late entries cannot be accepted.
Judging: Teams of teachers across the nation will judge entries using a secure judging site. Entries with top scores will be selected as superior. Writings are judged holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.
Awards: Results are announced in May. Students judged for superior writing are awarded a superior writing certificate and letter which are provided to the nominating teacher to present to the student. In addition, their name and school's name appear on the NCTE website. All nominated students receive a certificate and letter which are provided to the nominating teacher to present to the student.
*Late entries can not be considered.
2014 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition
2010 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition
For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.