1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for each genre.
Winning entries are published below.
Bennington College—whose literary legacy includes seven Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, the youngest Man Booker Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius,” countless New York Times bestsellers, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people—invites submissions for its annual Young Writers Awards.
Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades during the current academic year may enter in one of the following categories: poetry (a group of three poems), fiction (a short story or one-act play), or nonfiction (a personal or academic essay). All entries must be original work and sponsored by a high school teacher. Judges include Bennington College faculty and students.
Submission deadline: November 1. You may submit online or by mail (mailed entries must be accompanied by a submission form, available from your English teacher or by downloading here.
Last year, more than 2,300 students submitted poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to the Young Writers Awards competition. We congratulate all entrants on their extraordinary submissions, and are pleased to share past winning entries.
Information: For more information about the Young Writers and other programs at Bennington College, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-833-6845.