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High School Literary Arts Awards Competition

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2020 High School Literary Arts Awards Submission Guidelines

Categories: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Senior Portfolios, and Literary Magazines

CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT AWARD 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, 11 a.m. at Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

We hope you will make plans to be with us to receive your awards on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. 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
The 2020 Alabama Writers’ Forum Literary Arts Awards are open to Alabama high school students in grades 9 – 12.

JUDGING
Leading authors and Alabama educators serve as competition judges and will be named with the awards announcement.

LITERARY AWARD PRIZES
Creative Nonfiction/Long Essay (2500 - 5000 words):
1st Place ($150), 2nd Place ($75), 3rd Place ($50)
Judges’ Special Recognition
Certificates of Merit

Creative Nonfiction/Short Essay (1200 words max):
Up to 5 awards of $25 each
Judges’ Special Recognition
Certificates of Merit

Fiction:
1st Place ($150), 2nd Place ($75), 3rd Place ($50)
Judges’ Special Recognition
Certificates of Merit

Poetry:
1st Place ($150), 2nd Place ($75), 3rd Place ($50)
Judges’ Special Recognition
Certificates of Merit

Senior Portfolios:
Six cash awards of $500

Literary Magazine:
Exceptional Literary Content ($150)
Judges’ Special Recognition for Exceptional Literary Content ($50)

Exceptional Graphic Design and Layout ($150)
Judges’ Special Recognition for Exceptional Graphic Design and Layout ($50)

Certificates of Merit for Literary Magazines ($25)

 

FORMAT FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION, FICTION, AND POETRY ENTRIES
Creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry must be submitted online. Complete online submission form and attach files in a PDF format. Students’ names should appear only on the entry forms since all works are judged anonymously.

Creative Nonfiction: One creative nonfiction entry per student. Entries must be typed and double-spaced. List word count under title. Ex. "My Summer Vacation" 1100 words

Fiction: One fiction entry per student. Entries must be typed and double-spaced.

Poetry: Up to three poetry entries per student. Entries may be single-spaced or double-spaced.

 

FORMAT FOR SENIOR PORTFOLIOS
Portfolios should consist of 20-50 pages of work from at least two categories required. All entries should be typed and double-spaced, one side only. Poetry may be single-spaced. No illustrations. Entries must include a title page that lists all titles and their respective categories. Students’ names should appear only on the entry forms since all works are judged anonymously.

Categories for Senior Portfolio:
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 LITERARY MAGAZINES
Mail one copy of most recent issue of the magazine published between 2018-2020 with the required entry form. Magazines must consist solely of original student work.
Click here to download the Literary Magazine entry form.

Submit Literary Magazines by Mail:
HSLAA, Alabama Writers’ Forum
P.O. Box 4777
Montgomery, AL 36103-4777

USPS Delivery Confirmation is recommended.
Postmark Deadline: February 14, 2020

For questions about submissions, email writersforum@bellsouth.net or call (334) 265-7728.

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