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    Young Writers Awards 2021-2022

    Students in the 9th-12th grades during the academic year are invited to submit one entry by the November 1 deadline:

    > Poetry: a group of three poems. 
    Poems must be typed. Each page must clearly show the author's name.

    > Fiction: a short story or one-act play. 
    Short stories must be typed, double-spaced, and fewer than 1500 words. Scripts must be typed, double-spaced, and run no more than 30 minutes (playing time). Each page must clearly show the author's name.

    > Nonfiction: a personal or academic essay.
    Stories and nonfiction must be typed, double-spaced, and fewer than 1500 words. Each page must clearly show the author's name.


    All entries must be original work reviewed, approved and sponsored by a high school teacher. We will use your sponsoring teacher as a contact for the competition should we have any questions. For homeschooled students, please contact a mentor to sponsor your writing. Both US and international students are eligible to submit.

    Winning entries will be published under the Newsroom section and the Young Writers section on the Bennington College website in the spring and may be published via media requests in local newspapers or magazines. Authors retain all other copyrights. We are unable to return submissions. For more information, please email ywa@bennington.edu.

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