We’re looking for the best of high school writing!

High School Writing Contest

| Open to all high school Juniors and Seniors | Submission Deadline Nov 1 |
| Enter in any or all categories |

Poetry   Fiction   Creative Nonfiction

CASH PRIZES: 1st place in each category $500; 2nd place in each category $250; 3rd place in each category $100. The Local’s Award is $100 in each category to a California or Nevada student.

Winners will also be considered for publication in the Sierra Nevada Review—last year all first place winners and a few other entries were published.


Contest Categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction

Submission Period: Sept 1 – Nov 1

Eligibility: Open to all high school Juniors and Seniors.

Entry Fee: FREE

Awards: All prizes are awarded in each category. Winners will also be considered for publication in the Sierra Nevada Review.

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $250
  • 3rd Place $100
  • Local’s Award (California and Nevada students) $100
  • All winners receive a scholarship offer to SNC Tahoe

Submission Guidelines

  • Category Guidelines
    • Poetry: up to 5 poems
    • Fiction: 1 story
    • Creative Nonfiction: 1 work. Includes personal narrative, memoir, travel stories, journalism feature stories, etc; no research papers; must be under 10,000 words
  • Entries must be original, unpublished work. By submitting work to the contest, the student is confirming that he or she is the author.

Submission Requirements

  • One submission per category only. If submitting multiple poems, combine all into one document.
  • Submissions may be uploaded in DOC, DOCX, or PDF formats.
  • Each submission must include the student’s name, high school and year, and the submission category.
  • Submissions are accepted ONLY through the online portal at www.sierranevada.edu/submissions/
  • Submitting to the contest signals agreement to all contest rules, assent to publication, and assent to public recognition as a winner or finalist in SNC electronic and print media.

Judges: Sierra Nevada Review editors and Sierra Nevada College writing faculty