The Alabama Writers' Forum recognizes young writers, grades 9-12, and their teachers and schools each year for their work in creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, and poetry. Support the Alabama High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition with a Named Scholarship. Click to learn more.
Calendar of Important Award Dates
We hope you will make plans to be with us to receive your awards on Mar. 18, 2015. The annual ceremony is a special day for the literary arts in Alabama and provides a chance for students, parents, and teachers to spend time with elected officials and literary arts supporters.
The Literary Arts Awards are open to Alabama high school students in grades 9-12. Scholarships are available to seniors.
For the following categories: Creative Nonfiction, Drama, Poetry, and Short Fiction
1st place ($150), 2nd place ($75), 3rd place ($50), Judge’s Special Recognition, Certificates of Merit.
Writers in the fields of creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, and poetry will choose the winning entries. The names of the judges will be announced when the awards announcement is made.
Submit entries in a 9” x 12” envelope. Submit clear photocopies only; students should retain originals. No manuscripts can be returned. Students’ names should appear only on the Entry Forms since all works are judged anonymously. All short fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction entries should be typed and double-spaced. Poetry entries may be typed single-spaced or double-spaced. No bond or colored paper. Students must designate on the entry form the category for which they wish the work to be considered.
Submit online this year. The scholarship awards in literary arts are open to seniors in good standing in Alabama high schools. Up to six cash awards of $500 each are given. Portfolios placed in consideration of the scholarship awards in literary arts will be judged anonymously by a judge from the fields of literature or creative writing. Awards are based solely on merit of works submitted. A Portfolio of approximately 20-50 pages of work from at least two categories is required. All entries should be double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced.
Students’ names should appear only on the entry forms. A table of contents should list the names of the individual works that make up the portfolio with each work’s category designated.
To enter, send one copy each of two issues of the magazine, published between 2012-2014, with the required entry form. Magazines must have been published for at least two consecutive years to be eligible to enter and must consist solely of original student work. List name of editor on the entry form, followed by other student editors’ names on the lines provided after “This Submission if for Literary Magazine Competition.”
NOTE: Submit Portfolios online.
Please DO NOT use binders, folders, or any type of cover. Paper clip or staple pages together. Mail to HSLAA, Alabama Writers’ Forum, PO Box 4777, Montgomery, AL 36103-4777. Delivery confirmation is recommended. Last postmark: January 12, 2015.