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.
2013 PYW Brochure
Entries will be accepted online from
November 30, 2012 - February 13, 2013 Noon CST.
Entry form and papers are submitted electronically as one file.
Click here to go to the online submission site.
Rubric Promising Young Writers Program (PDF file) Judging Guidelines for Papers
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2012-2013.