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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 PYW Brochure  Submit Entry form and papers electronically

(2013 Brochure will be available November 2012)

Electronic entry form
  (PDF sample of 2012 entry form)
(The 2013 entry deadline February 2013) 

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.

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