The Louisiana Writes! Youth Writing Contest is open to students in all grades from kindergarten to 12th grade in Louisiana Schools. The contest is managed by volunteer teachers from the National Writing Project. Each year these teachers from around the state gather to judge nearly 1000 entries in the areas of English or French fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The finalists are judged by Louisiana authors. In 2014, these author judges were Ava Leavell Haymon, Ann Dobie, and Genero Ky Ly Smith.
On this blog, the young writers will be showcased. You can also find information about the upcoming contest with entry forms. Teacher-contributors will be posting tips and prompts for writing instruction.
The Louisiana Writes! contest awards students in grades 7-12 with a monetary prize. There is also a cost involved in printing the anthology. Teachers donate their time; however, if funds are available, they can be reimbursed for expenses. Please consider donating to the LA Writes! contest to support the recognition of student writers and the continuation of valuable instruction in writing. All donations are tax deductible.