Columbia College Chicago

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The Young Authors Writing Competition is a national competition for high school writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.

Young Authors Writing Competition

Started as a local writing contest in Chicago in 1995, the Young Authors Writing Competition has grown into a yearly international contest of high school writers. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, the competition has received tens of thousands of submissions from talented writers all over the world. We are thrilled to award top submissions with cash prizes and recognition in the categories of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The submissions period has ended. Please check back for more information about the finalists and the Young Authors Writing Competition Awards Ceremony, to be held on our campus on Saturday, April 29, 2017.


Young Authors Writing Competition Website


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