NSHSS Literary Competition 2019


Eligibility Requirements: High school students

Scholarship Award: In each category listed below, the following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st prize: USD $1,000
  • 2nd prize: USD $500
  • 3rd prize: USD $250

Three scholarships will be awarded in each of the two categories: Poetry and Fiction.

Students may apply for one or both categories. Entries should not have been previously published. Submit one entry per category.

Poetry: Students may submit their original poetry in any style, from formal verse, to free verse to experimental. The poem should be formatted as you wish it to appear in publication.

Fiction: Students may submit a piece of short fiction, which must be no more than 5,000 words and should not be single-spaced. The entry may be any genre of the student’s choice, including graphic novel or story.

Application Requirements:

  • Upload of writing piece in Word or PDF file
    • Each writing entry should include a title 
  • Educator Recommendation
  • Color headshot suitable for website posting

Winning literary entries will be published on the NSHSS website. Entries will be judged on creativity, technique, expression, and originality.

Open Date: March 15, 2019

Close Date: May 15, 2019

By submitting your literary work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so.