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High School Literary Arts Awards Competition


High School Literary Arts Awards Competition

The Alabama Writers' Forum recognizes young writers, their teachers, and schools each year for their work in creative writing at the High School Literary Arts Awards (HSLAA). The year-long program focuses on nurturing talent in high schools across Alabama. Competition categories are: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Senior Portfolio and Literary Magazine. The judging panel is comprised of writing experts.

Winning entries are celebrated and recognized at the HSLAA Ceremony at the historic Alabama State Capital where students are presented scholarships (for high school seniors) and other prizes. In addition, the gathering provides a special opportunity for students, parents and, teachers to spend time with patrons of the arts and elected officials. The competition is funded in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Six individuals provide $500 for the senior portfolio scholarships.


Important Dates

Submission Period: December 1, 2022 – February 17, 2023

Postmark Deadline for Literary Magazines: February 10, 2023

Winners’ List Posted/Winning Teachers Notified by E-mail: March 31, 2023

HSLAA Awards Ceremony: April 2023, TBA

2022 HSLAA Guidelines & Forms


  • ASCA
  • AHA
  • SCAC
  • DYS