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High School Literary Arts Awards Competition


High School Literary Arts Awards Competition

The Alabama Writers' Forum recognizes young writers, their teachers, and schools each year for their work in creative writing at the High School Literary Arts Awards (HSLAA). The year-long program focuses on nurturing talent in high schools across Alabama. Competition categories are: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Senior Portfolio and Literary Magazine. The judging panel is comprised of writing experts.

Winning entries are celebrated and recognized at the HSLAA Ceremony at the historic Alabama State Capital where students are presented scholarships (for high school seniors) and other prizes. In addition, the gathering provides a special opportunity for students, parents and, teachers to spend time with patrons of the arts and elected officials. The competition is funded in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Six individuals provide $500 for the senior portfolio scholarships.


Important Dates

Submission Period: January 10, 2020 – February 21, 2020

Winning Teachers Notified by E-mail: March 31, 2020

Winners’ List Posted: April 2, 2020

HSLAA Awards Ceremony: April 22, 2020, 11a.m. at Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

2020 HSLAA Guidelines & Forms


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