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 PYW Brochure Submit Entry form and papers electronically
Electronic entry form (PDF sample of 2012 entry form)
Entry deadline February 15, 2012.
Rubric Promising Young Writers Program (PDF file) Judging Guidelines for Papers
2012 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition Letters and certificates mailed May 2, 2012
2011 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition Letters and certificates mailed April 28, 2011
2010 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition. Letters and certificates mailed May 3, 2010
2009 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition. Letters and certificates mailed 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.