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Dec 01, 2022 2022-12-01

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Narrative Magazine High School Writing Contest

In January 2023, Narrative magazine will launch its Eighth Annual Narrative High School Writing Contest. This year’s contest will focus solely on poetry.

The guest judge is Palestinian American writer, editor, and educator Naomi Shihab Nye. Nye has written or edited more than 30 books, including collections of poetry, novels for teens, picture books, essays, short stories, and anthologies. She is on the faculty at Texas State University and has just ended her term as the Young People’s Poet Laureate. In honor of the High School Contest, Nye has written a short piece of “Best Advice” to inspire students as they dive into their poems.

Submission is free and open to high school students in grades 9–12 worldwide. Each teacher may submit the work of no more than 10 students (one poem per student). Schools may submit a maximum of 30 submissions in total per school.

Three winners and several finalists will be chosen by guest judge Nye, along with Narrative editors Carol Edgarian and Michael Wiegers. Winners will receive prizes totaling $1,000. New this year: Narrative will be hosting and broadcasting a virtual poetry slam for winners and finalists.

Deadlines: The contest opens on January 4, 2023, and closes on February 1, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PT). Winners and finalists will be announced to the public in mid-April. 

Plus: As they gear up for January, teachers can access Narrative’s other teaching resources, such as an extensive Library with its Explore by Theme tool; Video Tutorials; Recommended Reading Lists, including a Reading Guide for Poetry; Writing Prompts; and more.

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