Redwood Writing Contest

Redwood Writing Project and Redwood Council Teachers of English co-sponsor this annual event!  This contest has been a tradition of the Redwood Council of CATE for many years now and is an opportunity for young writers to compete for recognition and publication of their work as well as to showcase their writing abilities to a broader audience.  


 General Information


The contest is open to any department and we encourage educators outside of the English department to be part of it.  Educators are welcome to assign any promt they wish or to allow their students to pick their prompt, as long as it fits in to the three categories:  Informative/Explanatory, Narrative, and Poetry.  All entries must be edited, formatted and approved as contest-quality by their teacher and accompanied by the submission form.  Should you, as an educator, receive many entries, we recommend that you select only the best entries to submit to the contest.

For an entry to be considered contest-quality it must meet the following requirements:

      • Essay--maximum five pages; Poetry--maximum 30 lines.
      • Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced MLA format.
      • Do not include the student's name on the work or electronic document itself (for fair judging purposes).
      • All entries must be the original work of the student author and students may submit one entry per genre.


How to Submit an Entry


1. Mail—Download, fill out and print 2019 Entry Form.

Mail to: Redwood Writing Project
Humboldt State University
Bret Harte House
Arcata, CA 95521


2. Email—Download, fill out, save PDF icon2019 Entry Form.  Attach saved filled out 2019 Entry Form and student submission then email.  Please use MS Word, PDF or Google Doc format only.

                   Send email to:
                   Subject Line: Redwood Writing Contest Submission


3. Google Form—Fill out the 2019 Entry Form online through our Google Form and upload submission using MS Word or PDF formats.


The 2019 Redwood Writing Contest is wrapped for this year.  


Questions? Email Amy Walker at
Winners will be invited to attend our awards ceremony in June where they will be presented with their published work and a fun prize!


Redwood Writing Contest Publications


Each year the winning pieces from the Redwood Writing Contest are published into an Anthology and a copy given to the winning authors.  Additional copies are available for purchase through Amazon.