Young Native Writers Essay Contest

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 only. All students participateing in Young Native Writers Essay Contest should have a significant and current relationship with a Native American tribal community. The following prizes will be awarded to winning essayists: Five (5) First-Place Winners will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., (tentatively scheduled for July) to visit the National Museum of the American Indian, and other prominent sites.
The winners will be accompanied by the teachers who inspired their entries into the contest. First-place Winners will receive a special award for display at home or school. In addition, each First-Place Winner will receive a scholarship of $2,500 to be paid directly to the college or university of his or her choice.
Entry Deadline is May

Entries Invited for Young Native Writers Essay Contest

“Each year the Young Native Writers Essay Contest encourages Native American students to write about their experiences as a member of the Native community and the culture that inspires them…Womsikuk James, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) wrote about the whales of Noepe, which are seen on the tribal seal of the Aquinnah Wampanoag.” ICTMN


Young Native Writers Essay Contest

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to inspire

Students interested in participating can visit the Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest website; click for official contest rules and to view past winning essays. All essays must be submitted electronically by the entry deadline, April 1, 2013, through the contest website.


The 2009 winners of the Young Native American Writers Essay Contest: Rob Boling (Comanche), Helena Cross (Mandan Hidatsa), Craig Merrick (Northern Cheyenne/Sioux), Kelsey Proctor (Muscogee Creek) and Mariah Oney (Navajo/Yup'ik).The 2010 winners of the Young Native American Writers Essay Contest: Ashley Vance (Chickasaw), Julian Brave Noisecat (Shuswap), Tashina Swalley (Sicangu Lakota), Ferguson Nez (Navajo) and Myacah Simpson (Navajo).The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to inspire honest portrayals of the richness of Native American life and history. The Young Native Writers contest, now in its second year, was inspired by the Holland & Knight Foundation's goal of promoting education and creating new opportunities for youth.Washington, D.C. – February 27, 2012 – The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its seventh annual Young Native Writers Essay Contest. The national writing contest focuses on the richness of Native American life and history, and challenges Native American youth to speak out on issues important to their tribal communities.