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Promising Young Writers Program - Previous Revision

The Promising Young Writers program represents NCTE's commitment to early and continuing work in the development of writing.  The school-based writing program was established in 1985 to stimulate and recognize student's writing talents and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students. 

Students who are eighth-graders in the present academic school year are eligible to be nominated for the Promising Young Writers program.  Students must be nominated by their teachers. Home-schooled students may submit through a cooperating school.

2012 Brochure available in late October, 2011.  Entry deadline Feburary 15, 2012.  Send request for brochures to (Note: we only mail to school addresses.) 

Rubric Promising Young Writers Program (PDF file) Judging Guidelines for Papers

2011 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition  Letters and certificates mailed on April 28, 2011
2010 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition.  Letters and certificates mailed on May 3, 2010

2009 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition.  Letters and certificates mailed on May 8, 2009

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2011-2012.

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