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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, such as eligibility or how to apply, please visit our main competition page.