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Promising Young Writers Program - Previous Revision

Due to the severe weather conditions the entry deadline has been extended to February 19, 2014, Noon CST.

*Entries for the 2014 Promising Young Writers Program

will be accepted

November 30, 2013 to February 19, 2014, Noon CST.

2014 Promising Young Writers Entry Site


2014 Promising Young Writers Brochure

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 number of nominees allowed from each school is deter­mined by the school’s average eighth-grade daily enrollment.

Use the following guide:

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


Judging Guidelines for Papers (PDF file)

*Late entries can not be considered.



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 2013-2014.

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