Norman Mailer High School Writing Contest

2010 Norman Mailer High School Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction.


A cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the National Winner. Four finalists will be awarded trophies. Sixteen semifinalists will be awarded certificates.

Submission Guidelines


Norman Mailer produced extraordinary works in many genres, including the category of this year’s award: Creative Nonfiction. Students may submit work in any of the subgenres of creative nonfiction: memoir or autobiography, essay, literary journalism, profiles of people or places, and so on. Whatever its type, the best work will be true material presented with compelling literary merit.


Entries will be accepted online only and may include one or more pieces of writing. Winners receive travel and lodging to attend the Colony's National Award Ceremony. Entries accepted March 22 - April 29, 2010, Noon CST. The High School Competition is open to all high school students. Students may submit one or more pieces of writing, maximum 10 single-spaced pages, endorsed by a teacher and released by a parent or guardian.

Submission guidelines and judging criteria are available on the NCTE site.
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Happy Writing!