Introduction: Started as a local writing contest in Chicago in 1995, Young Authors Writing Competition is sponsored by the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. The competition has grown into a yearly international contest of high school writers.
Submission Length: Each individual entry has a limit of ten pages. The number of words is not fixed, but each work cannot exceed 10 pages. If you’re submitting multiple entries, each entry must be ten pages or fewer.
Number of Submissions: You may enter up to two works (in separate files) in each Creative Nonfiction and Fiction category. In the Poetry category, you may enter up to two files, but each can have 1-5 poems. You can submit up to six files (two in each category). You cannot upload three or more files in the same category.
Prizes: Winners will receive cash prizes and recognition in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction categories.
Winning Essays: Third Place, Second Place
Competition Website: For general information about the organization and the competition, click here.