Bennington College : Now Accepting Submissions: $500 Young Writers Awards

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Bennington College’s annual Young Writers Awards competition is now accepting submissions. This competition is free to enter. The deadline to submit is November 1.

Students in the 9th, 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)
  • Nonfiction (a personal or academic essay)

First-, second-, and third-place prizes up to $500 will be awarded for each genre. All entries must be original work and sponsored by a high school teacher. Judges include Bennington College faculty and students.

Young Writers Award finalists and winners are also eligible for undergraduate scholarships at Bennington. YWA finalists who apply, are admitted, and enroll at Bennington will receive a $10,000 scholarship every year for four years, for a total of $40,000. YWA winners who apply, are admitted, and enroll at Bennington will receive a $15,000 scholarship every year for four years, for a total of $60,000.

Bennington College has a long tradition of excellence in creative and critical writing among both its faculty and student body. Bennington’s alumni include twelve Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poets laureate, four MacArthur Geniuses, countless New York Times bestsellers, and two of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

For submission forms, details, and to read last year’s winning entries, which were chosen from more than 3,000 submissions, visit

Earn College Credit for Creative Writing Courses
Expanding on Bennington’s literary legacy, Young Writers Awards participants are invited to join Bennington Unbound, a remote educational program offering four-week, college-credit bearing intensive courses in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, creative criticism, and literary studies. Bennington Unbound is part of Bennington+, a suite of distance learning programs, which also includes CAPA Online: Building Community—courses that seek to engage with the most pressing issues of our time. All of these low-cost programs are defined by Bennington’s distinct student-directed, interdisciplinary, and experiential approach to learning.

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