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Festival of Words
Student Creative Writing Contest

The Festival of Words is a free festival and will be held live on

November 4-5, 2022.

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 in four (4) categories:

poetry, fiction, multimedia, and advertisement.

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


Parent/guardian permission must be granted by filling out the student writing contest entry form. The supervising teacher or school facilitator should submit these forms electronically by the submission deadline as well.

Final Deadline for online submissions via e-mail is

Monday, October 17, 2022 by 11:55 p.m.

All entrants are invited to attend the festival.

Contest winners will be announced on Friday, October 28, 2022 and will be invited to read their original writing pieces on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Awards will be given for first, second, and third place winners.

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


Visit for more information!

You can find the necessary Contest Documents below:

Contest Rules and Guidelines

Contest Entry Form & Parent/Guardian Permission Form


The Southern Screen Festival is hosting its first writing competition included in the festival this year and NWP-A is co-sponsoring the competition!

Any writer ages 18+ is encouraged to submit an entry.
Entries should not exceed 1,500 words and should adhere to the theme, "Celebration and the South."


Submission Dates and Deadlines:

Submissions will be accepted from Tuesday, September 6 through Thursday, October 6.
Top 10 Finalists will be announced Tuesday, November 1.
Winner will be announced at the Southern Screen Festival the weekend of November 10-13.


Additional guidelines and directions for how to submit an entry can be found at the following link:


Any questions can be directed to NWP-A Co-director, Michelle Kreamer, at

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