SLWP Writes! Annual Contest


The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is proud to announce its annual "SLWP Writes!" writing contest for young authors. The contest is open to students from grades 6 through 12. Teachers are encouraged to submit worthy samples of their students' work, or students may submit directly. Students may submit multiple entries.


Contest guidelines and awards are outlined each spring on our homepage in the News & Events box. We encourage you to post the available flyer in teachers' lounges and on student bulletin boards.


The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project is part of the Louisiana Writing Project, a network of five university-based National Writing Project sites. Each site seeks to improve writing instruction by sharing the best practice of the outstanding writing instructors of all disciplines from kindergarten through college. The National Writing Project is a 30-year professional-development initiative based on teachers teaching teachers and is currently active in all 50 states.


The "SLWP Writes!" contest is open for entries from all schools in Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, St. Helena, Washington, and East St. John parishes as well as at schools in surrounding parishes where SLWP teachers teach. Judging is done by SLWP Writing Project teacher-consultants. Winners will be notified and automatically entered into the "Louisiana Writes" statewide contest, which also presents medals, other prizes, and an anthology at a ceremony in Baton Rouge each Fall.



Prose: Fiction or Nonfiction, 1500 word limit
Poetry: Up to 3 poems, max. 100 lines total may be sent


Grade Level Divisions

Division I: 6th- 9th grades
Division II: 10th-12th grades



Prizes awarded to top submissions in each category and grade level to include:
Online Publication by SLWP 
Automatic entry into LAWP statewide LA Writes! Contest


Guidelines for Submission

Prose entries--typed, double-spaced, titled, max 1500 words
Poetry entries--typed, double or single-spaced, titled, one poem/page, 100 lines total
For judging to remain anonymous, do not put author's name on the submission
Each submission for SLWP Writes! Contest must include a signed entry form


For more information, contact Richard Louth at


Anthologies of Student Work

SLWP Writes! Anthology 2009
SLWP Writes! Anthology 2011
SLWP Writes! Anthology 2012
SLWP Writes! Anthology 2013
SLWP Writes! Anthology 2014
SLWP Writes! Anthology 2015