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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.

Average Daily Enrollment

Under 100 1 nominee
100–199 2 nominees
200–299 3 nominees
300–399 4 nominees
400–499 5 nominees
500 or more 6 nominees

Entries for the 2014 Promising Young Writers Program will be accepted November 30, 2013 to February 13, 2014.


Judging Guidelines for Papers (PDF file)

2013 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition
2012 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition
2011 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition  
2010 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition
2009 Students Receiving Certificates of Recognition

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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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