High School Literary Arts Awards & Scholarship Competition

2016 Guidelines

 

Literary Arts Awards 2016

Guidelines


Two categories this year:  Senior Portfolios and Literary Magazines

 Calendar of Important Award Dates

Submission Period: Dec. 1, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016

Winning teachers notified by e-mail: Feb. 19, 2016

Winners’ list posted: Feb. 26, 2016

HSLAA Ceremony at Alabama State Capital:Mar. 16, 2016, 11 a.m.

We hope you will make plans to be with us to receive your awards on Mar. 16, 2016. 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 arts supporters.

ELIGIBILITY

Scholarships are available to seniors. 

JUDGING

The names of the judges will be announced when the awards announcement is made.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS IN LITERARY ARTS

Submit online this year.

The scholarship awards in literary arts are open to seniors in good standing in Alabama high schools.  Seven 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.

 

CATEGORIES FOR PORTFOLIO WORK

Chapter(s) from a novel accompanied by a one-page synopsis of the novel (25-page total limit)

Creative Nonfiction (one or more essays; 15-page total limit)

Drama (25-page total limit)

Poetry (three shorter poems or longer works totaling no more than 10 pages)

Scholarly essay or research paper with a creative focus (10-page total limit)

Short Fiction (one or more stories; 25-page total limit)

FORMAT FOR PORTFOLIOS

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.

LITERARY MAGAZINE COMPETITION

Exceptional Literary Content ($150)

Exceptional Graphic Design and layout ($150)

Certificates of Merit for Literary Magazines

To enter, send one copy each of two issues of the magazine, published between 2013-2015, 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 is for Literary Magazine Competition.”

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

Submit Portfolios online

Submit Literary Magazines by mail to HSLAA, Alabama Writers’ Forum, PO Box 4777, Montgomery, AL  36103-4777. Delivery confirmation is recommended. Last postmark:  January 31, 2016.