Festival of Words
Student Creative Writing Contest

The Festival of Words is a free festival and will be held virtually on November 5-6, 2021.

Students in grades 3-12 from across the Acadiana-area are invited to participate in a writing contest sponsored by the National Writing Project of Acadiana and the Festival of Words. Students can enter their original writing pieces into two writing categories: poetry and fiction. 

Parent/guardian permission must be granted by filling out the student writing contest entry form.

Writings should be submitted through a supervising teacher or school facilitator online by sending them to

The final deadline for enteries to be submitted via email is Friday, October 22, 2021 by 11:55 p.m. Contest winners will be announced Friday, October 29, 2021 and will be invited to read their original writing pieces on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 11:00-12:30 via Zoom. 

Contest winners will also receive an anthology publication of winning entries. 

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You can find the necessary Contest Documents below:

Contest Rules and Guidelines

Contest Entry Form & Parent/Guardian Permission Form