Nine prizes are scheduled to be awarded, three in each category--poetry, personal essay, or short story. A fourth category, playwriting, will be accepted, but the number of prizes is not predetermined.

Only Howard County public or private high school students are eligible to enter. Please fill out the form completely, taking care to indicate which genre of writing you're submitting. One submission per student per category, please. Submissions in more than one category are accepted, but please submit a separate entry form for each. 

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Category requirements:

• Up to three poems may be submitted. 

• Short stories are fiction, and should be no longer than 3,000 words.  

• A personal essay is a work of autobiographical nonfiction with a conversational tone, no longer than 800 words. 

• Plays should be no longer than 3,000 words.

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society