2022 Young Writers Contest


This year the Huntsville Literary Association begins its 54th annual Young Writers Contest for the students of public, private, virtual and home schools in Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County. For teachers, the above calendar is provided to facilitate the scheduling of Young Writer assignments into your classroom studies.

Contest Divisions - The Young Writers Contest has separate divisions--Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Junior and Senior--aligned with student grade levels. We recognize the division winners in a number of ways. All winners, including honorable mentions, will be listed on this website along with photos of the First Place winners; see for example 2021 Contest Winners. First Place through Third Place winning entries in each category are published in the Huntsville Literary Association’s Young Writers Awards Booklet - a copy of last year's Booklet can be downloaded here. First Place winners will be invited to read their works on WLRH Public Radio.

In addition, First, Second, and Third Place winners will receive cash prizes; and medallions will be awarded to honorable mentions.

Elementary and Junior High Students

  • First Place: $100
  • Second Place: $60
  • Third Place: $40

Senior High Students

  • First Place: $200
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $50

Details and rules for entry in the different categories are available on the Contest Rules page.

For additional information you may call Melissa Ford Thornton at 256-509-2626 or Carol Ashburn Roach at 256-776-0037 or email youngwriters@hlahsv.org.

This program is made possible with a grant from the Huntsville Arts and Cultural Grant Program.