Nov 01, 2021 2021-11-01
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) publicly recognizes some of the best student writers in the nation with its Achievement Awards in Writing (for eleventh graders) and Promising Young Writers Award (for eighth graders). The Achievement Awards in Writing prompt for 2022 is “I hope or I could not live.” Students can respond in one of these ways: they can create a piece that paints a picture of a hopeful future; or they can identify, describe, and offer a solution to a global, national, or local problem that affects them or others they care about but that they feel hopeful they can somehow change.
The 2022 Promising Young Writers prompt is “exploring boundaries.” This broad prompt is intended to help students reflect on the concept of boundaries—their limits, tensions, and possibilities. Students may consider how imagining, and reimagining, can impact boundaries; or how wondering and being fascinated offer spaces to consider new or refined boundaries in their lives, or even to extend their imaginations beyond what is immediately possible.
To participate, students must submit two writings (Best and Themed). They may create their pieces outside of class or even outside of school. Teachers can work with students to determine a Best Writing sample and create a Themed Writing sample. Judges will determine the pieces that demonstrate superior writing and award certificates of recognition.
Deadline: Submission application form will be live on November 15, 2021; final date for submissions is February 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (ET).