Unlike many writing competitions, the YGA does not provide a prompt to which students must respond, or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity beyond a 5 page maximum length limit (if typed, 12 point font, double-spaced).
Entries may include
Short Stories Poetry Essays/Literary Criticism/Analysis Journalism Academic/Research Reports Personal Narratives Any Other Original Student Writing
United States Achievement Academy Short Story Contest
Short Story Contest for All Nominated Students in Grades 5-12 – All nominated students in every subject offered by USAA are invited to participate.
Short Story Contest for All Nominating Teachers
Topic: Describe in short story form “The Best Field Trip Ever”.
Send us a short story of 500-750 words describing the best field trip you can imagine. It can be a field trip you have already taken or a field trip you would like to take. Create characters for your story that have an adventure of some sort on this field trip. Describe the setting, use dialogue, conflict and solutions, but most of all, use your imagination. Did you like the field trip? Did you dislike it? Where did you go? Was it interesting or exciting? Was it boring? Did you learn something? You can use this topic in any way you want. Do not send an essay describing a field trip. Create a field trip story.
Student Instructions: All short stories submitted must be typed and double-spaced. Only one entry per student. Indicate that you are a student by typing the word “Student” at the top of your manuscript. Your name, home address, email address, nominating teacher, school name, city and state, and your grade level must appear on the first page of the text. You can email your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Debra Dinsmore, USAA, 2528 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY 40509.