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The Michigan Youth Arts Festival Creative Writing Competition

Call for Creative Writing submissions

for the 58th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival

Western Michigan University

May 7th-9th, 2020

View the submission details here.



The Michigan Youth Arts Festival Creative Writing Awards recognize English Language Arts Programs and showcase young writers in Grades 9-12. The Michigan Council of Teachers of English sponsors this event for students.



Teachers who are current members of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English may submit the work of any Michigan secondary student (grades 9-12), completed during the school year in the genres of poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, or graphic novel.



  • Teachers should submit only the best, original writing from their classes.
  • Do not submit class sets of writing assignments or student artwork.
  • Students may only submit work in one genre.
  • Failure to submit entries in the proper format will result in disqualification of all entries from that teacher for the current year’s competition.
  • Each piece of student writing must be in a separate Word or PDF document titled with the format SURNAME_TITLE.
  • At the top of each document, include the student’s full name, title of the piece, grade (9, 10, 11 or 12), school, and teacher’s full name. 
  • Each student must complete one Student Entry Form, signed by both the student and the teacher (digital signatures are acceptable). 
  • Each teacher must complete one Student Submission Roster. 
  • Teachers must submit all required documents, via email, in one zipped/ compressed folder. 
  • Festival invitations will be sent out in mid-March.


The Festival

The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is a comprehensive arts spectacular, culminating a nine-month search for the finest artistic talent in Michigan high schools. More than 250,000 students across the state are involved in the adjudication process that results in nearly 1,000 being invited to participate in the annual three-day event, held in May.

Creative writing students will participate in workshops with a guest writer,
the award winners’ pieces will be published in a book, and selected works will also be published in the Festival program book. Selected pieces may be read at the Theatre, Creative Writing and Poetry Out Loud Showcase by their authors or by student actors.



All entries and inquiries should be addressed to Abbey Lilly-Lacca, MYAF Creative Writing Coordinator: [email protected].

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