A List of Homeschool Student Writing Contests
PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Open to children Kindergarten through 3rd grade, this contest, sponsored by local PBS stations, offers students the chance to write and illustrate a story. Kids can view the winning stories from 2001 until the present to see what makes a story stand out. You enter through your local PBS station, and the deadline is late March. Every person who enters gets a certificate of achievement, and other prizes are awarded to the top winners.
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards Sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, this contest is open to students in grades 7-12. There are 30 categories in which a student can enter including humor, poetry, short story, personal essay and film and animation. Prizes include scholarships, recognition and exhibition. Some categories entries are due in January and others are due in February.
National History Day Contest The National History Day Contest has two divisions. The Junior division is open to 6-8 grade students, while the Senior division is open to 9-12 graders. Each year a theme is selected and you write about the theme. Entry categories include documentary, exhibit, paper, website or performance. Prizes are certificates, trophies, medals, monetary awards and scholarships. Deadlines vary by state. A list of state co-ordinators is available on their website.
Breaking Barriers Essay Contest The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is open to students in 4th through 8th grades and is a chance for writers to share personal stories about overing obstacles. Scholastic sponsors this contest, and the central theme is following Jackie Robinson's values of justice, commitment, courage and teamwork. The deadline each year is early March. Prizes include a trip to a Major League Baseball All Star Game, laptop computer, a visit from Jackie Robinson, and books from Scholastic.
Brilliantly Ridiculous Invention Contest Another contest sponsored by Scholastic, the Brilliantly Ridiculous Invention Contest, is open to students in 2nd through 8th grades. The deadline for entry is March 4th, and students need to write about a creative invention and also illustrate it. The invention needs to make the world a happier, better place. Ten winners will receive a $1,000 savings bond.