Spencertown Young Writer's Contest is Back!

By Berkshires Macaroni Kid March 12, 2024

Spencertown Academy is proud to announce its 9th annual Young Writers’ Contest! 

Held in conjunction with the Academy’s Festival of Books, the contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 (including homeschoolers) in Columbia County, NY, and Berkshire County, MA. Works will be judged in an anonymous process by published authors and publishing professionals, volunteering their services for this contest. The top three fiction and nonfiction winners will receive cash prizes ($250, $150, and $100 respectively).

“The Academy wants to support and encourage creative writing in our local youth. We have been delighted with the entries in recent years and we look forward to reading another round of interesting and creative submissions," says Carol Essert, contest coordinator. “As always we must thank the teachers for the advice, enthusiasm, and encouragement that helps inspire so many entries.”

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Full details, as well as samples of prior winning entries, can be seen at

Prizes will be awarded before the end of the 2024 school year. 

For more information, please contact

Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, New York.