Contest and Special Events


Charlotte Mecklenburg students are encouraged to participate in the programs and events sponsored by the district and local community. 

NCETA (North Carolina English Teachers Association)

NCETA sponsors the following writing contest annually.  Participants may receive monetary awards, publishing recognition, and/or scholarships.

The Watterson-Timberlake Non-Fiction Award

The Amy Charles Writing Award

The Wade Edwards Short Fiction Award

The North Carolina Poet Laureate Award

For additional information on contest rules and deadlines, visit the website at


Poetry Out Loud

The North Carolina Arts Council invites high school students to participate in the national poetry recitation competition.  In 2010, Poetry Out Loud awarded over $100,000 in prizes to students and schools at the state and national level. 

For additional information, visit the website at


The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Scholastic Writing Contest celebrates the creative achievement of America's teens.  Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate in the contest that offers recognition and scholarships.  Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

Learn more about the writing categories and specific guidelines at 


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest

The MLK Writing Contest is a district-level celebration of student interpretation and creativity.  School level winners are invited to participate in district and city-wide celebrations honoring Dr. King.

For additional information contact Diane Powell at


Young Author's Writing Contest

Students in grades K-8 are eligible. Write and illustrate a storybook appropriate for a child between the ages of four and eight. Drop off entries ImaginOn or the Harris YMCA.

For additional information contact