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Enter National Writing Contest2016 - 2017 Writing Contest

Annual writing contest begins Sept. 1, 2016.

Annual Writing Contest
2016-2017 Writing Contest Prompt: will release its bigger, new, annual writing contest on Sept. 1, 2016.  Please check back on 9/1/16 to view writing contest details, prompt, submission instructions, rules, and prize package.  Until that time, the essay submission form and "Submit a Story" feature on the website will not be active as the Stage of Life editors enjoy the summer break.

Annual Writing Contest:  Since 2010, has hosted a monthly writing contest.  Millions of people have visited the site and tens of thousands of people have submitted essays over the last six years. 

Due to the growing popularity of the Stage of Life writing contests and the volume of essays submitted, the Editorial team is changing from monthly writing contests to one annual contest.

Cost:  $0 (no entry fees).  There is never a fee to enter writing contests.

Prizes:  Two winning essay writers (one student and one adult) will receive prize packages from our literacy sponsors.  You can view examples of winning stories on our Writing Contest Winners page.

Check back on Sept. 1, 2016 for the launch of the new annual writing contest!  Book mark this page and visit again then.

Questions:  Contact Us

Past Writing Contests

Writing Contest Archive - Students

Writing Contests and Teen Trend Reports Student Writing Contests

Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month. is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

2016 Writing Contests

  • September - Annual Contest begins!
  • Summer - Editorial Break
  • April | May - Judging Now
  • February | March - Second Chances
  • January - Be the Change
Writing Contest for High School Students

2015 Writing Contests

2014 Writing Contests

 2013 Writing Contests

2012 Writing Contests

2011 Writing Contests

 2010 Writing Contests

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