27 Writing Competitions for High School Students in 2022

Writing Competitions for High School Students
As a writer, you have the freedom to express your feelings, your perspective, and your opinions on various matters. How about bringing that freedom of expression into a writing contest for a chance to win cash prizes and scholarships? Below is the list of 27 writing competitions for High School students.

Feel free to save the infographic at the end of the article to keep track of all writing competitions for high school students happening throughout the year of 2022. Please keep in mind that the infographic provides a deadline for competitions; however, each competition’s actual preparation time can vary, from 2 weeks to several months.  

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If you want to start preparing for writing competitions now, we have gathered three high school essay competitions 2022 happening in June with a preparation time of 2 months.  

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Competition Introduction: The Ocean Awareness Competition provides a platform for young people to understand environmental issues through artistic creation and creative thoughts, explore their relationship with the changing world, and become advocates of positive change. 

Eligibility: International competition. Any student age 11-18 who is/was enrolled in middle or high school (secondary school) while the contest is open. For example, if you are in the 12th grade in September 2021 and graduate high school in May/June 2022 , you can participate in the 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest. 

  • Junior Division: 11-14 years old 
  • Senior Division: 15-18 years old 

Competition theme: The theme of the 2022 Ocean Awareness Competition is “The Funny Thing About Climate Change.” 

Competition time: The deadline for submission is June 13, 2022

Official website of the competition

Competition Introduction: Since 2010, the New York Times has held a summer reading competition for middle school students from all over the world every summer. So far, more than 50,000 middle school students have participated. 

The Summer Reading Contest invites students to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell us why. At the end of every week, judges from the Times newsroom pick their favorite responses, and the winner’s work will be published in NY Times.   

Competition schedule: Before the end of the competition (August), participants can choose any article, essay, video, interaction, podcast, or photo published in the New York Times to analyze, write about, and submit to the competition. 

Every Tuesday after the start of the competition, the previous week’s winners will be announced and their writing pieces will be published. 

Competition time: TBD 

Suitable for students: 13-19-year-old students from all over the world; 

  • Students aged 13-15 can submit via the form in the link to the weekly article, subject to parent or guardian consent; 
  • Students aged 16-19 can directly submit in the comments of the weekly articles. 

Official website of the competition

Competition Introduction: Students envision a future that will undergo tremendous changes due to technology, the environment, or new social order. You can write about artificial life, unexpected encounters, novel societies, or cli-fi (climate fiction) utopian or dystopian futures. In a short story, conjure a reality that no one else has dreamed of, and transform our vision of tomorrow’s world. 

Competition time: TBD

Suitable for students: 13-18-year-old students from all over the world 

Official website of the competition

Competition Introduction:  The John Locke Essay Competition is organized by John Locke Institute, an independent education organization located in Oxford, UK. The John Locke Institute encourages young people to cultivate the characteristics that turn good students into great writers: independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis, and persuasive style. All of their essay prizes are judged by senior academics from the University of Oxford. The judges will choose their favorite essay from each subject category and an overall ‘best essay’ across seven subjects. Read more about the complete guide to John Locke Competition.  

Competition time: February 2022 (GMT Time)  

Suitable for students: 2 Levels – High school students 18 years old or younger and Middle School students 14 years old or younger at the submission deadline. 

Official website of the competition. 

In early 2021, the nation’s art and writing contest (Scholastic Art & Writing Awards) announced their winners. Excitingly, Aralia students received a total of 38 awards, which consisted of 10 Golden Key Awards, 8 Silver Key Awards, 20 Honorable Mentions! More information about the awards can be found here

Golden Key Award 

Silver Key Award 

Honorable Mentions 

10 Awards 

8 Awards 

20 Awards 

In order to achieve these great results, most of the award-winning students have participated in the writing competition preparation program with the instruction and leadership of Aralia’s famous writing teachers. Aralia’s tutors are inspired teachers and professors who are committed to student success. They are recognized in their field or are currently teaching at top high schools and colleges/universities in the US. 


Description:Students will learn the nuances of language, including figurative language, effective structuring, and specific forms to apply to their own piece(s). Students will work directly with both literary and media texts to plan and write their piece(s). This class will also help the students write with an aim for an audience as their submission for nation-wide and international writing competitions that are timely with the course schedule.

Project time: Rolling enrollment throughout the year, one class every weekend, 1.5 hours per class 

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