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Awards for Writing - Previous Revision

NCTE presents several awards each year to recognize outstanding writing by students and teachers at all levels. Select from the links below to learn more about each award.

Achievement Awards in Writing 
This school-based writing program encourages and recognizes publicly some of the best 11th grade student writers in the nation. 

Donald H. Graves Writing Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing 
Recognizes teachers in grades K-6 who demonstrate an understanding of student improvement in the teaching of writing.  Deadline June 15 

Muhammad Ali Award for Writing on Ethics
This award honors Muhammad Ali’s legacy of living a life dedicated to high ethical standards by recognizing excellence in college writing about ethics.  Deadline July 23

Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards
NCTE and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony jointly sponsor this award which recognizes fiction and poetry.  Deadline April 30

Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers
This award recognizes writing from full- and part-time high school teachers. 

Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM)
This program for middle schools, junior high, and high schools recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines and encourages all schools to develop literary magazines, seeking excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.   

Promising Young Writers (PYW) 
This school-based writing program stimulates and recognizes student's writing talents and emphasizes the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.


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