Young Writers Contest 2017

The Bayou Writers Group of Lake Charles is once again sponsoring its

Young  Writers Contest.

Submission is Free! Who doesn’t like free? Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

$100 Donation to the First Place Winner’s School Library

First Place Winners also get free admission to the Bridge to Publication Conference in November.

How do you get in on this?

*Contest is open to all middle (6th through 8th) and high school students who reside in Allen,

Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Beauregard, and Cameron Parishes. May 2017 Graduates are eligible. BWG reserves the right to verify grade level.

*Any type of school-public, private, charter, home, etc.-eligible as long as middle or high school level.

*There will be two categories: Prose and Poetry. Prose may include fiction or non-fiction.

*You may submit up to two entries: two prose pieces, two poems, or one prose piece, one poem. No previously published work.

*Fiction Pieces must not exceed 1500 words. Poems may not exceed 25 lines.

*BWG reserves the right to cancel the contest if less than six entries are received.

*Submissions must be in legible font. No handwritten entries accepted.

*Include story title next to page number in the header. Number all pages, including page one.

*Use one-inch margins on all pages

*Writer’s name should NOT be on manuscript.

*All entries are eligible for submission to the state LA Writes Youth Writing Contest.

See for more information.


*Submissions Accepted Starting December 1, 2016

*Entries must be received by midnight April 30th, 2017


Email Submissions as an attachment to Use the

phrase “young writers contest” in the subject line and include in the body of the email:

“Title”, Author’s Name,

School/Grade Level,

Parent’s Name/Contact Information

Category–Poetry or Prose? Indicate if Prose is Fiction or Non-Fiction Word Count for Prose. Number of Lines for Poetry

please use MS Word or .pdf format.


1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners in each

category will be published in the

2018 Bayou Writers Group Anthology

Winners will be notified by

July 31, 2017

Download the guidelines by clicking on the link below.