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Writing encompasses creative nonfiction, novel, play or script, poetry, short story and spoken word. The strongest submissions demonstrate a sense of inventiveness, show attention to the complexities and technical aspects of language, and have a clear, original, and distinct point of view.
hear from alumni & master artists
Sarah Braunstein | Master Artist
John Murillo | National Selection Panelist in Writing
Rhiannon McGavin | 2016 Winner in Spoken Word
select readings by winners
Aidan Forster | 2018 Winner in Creative Non-Fiction
Lela Ni | 2018 Winner in Poetry
Darian O'Neil | 2018 Winner in Play or Script
Athena Chu | 2018 Winner in Spoken Word
Luke Herzog | 2018 Winner in Novel
Rachel St. Ours | 2018 Winner in Short Story
About the Competition
For more information on the YoungArts' national arts competition please visit our main competition page. For application specific information such as eligibility or how to apply, visit our apply page.