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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.

The 2013 PYW Brochure will be available November 2012.

Entries will be accepted online from November 30, 2012 - February 13, 2013.

Entry form and papers are submitted electronically.

Rubric Promising Young Writers Program (PDF file) Judging Guidelines for Papers
2012 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition

2011 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition
2010 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition

2009 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition


The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2012-2013.

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