High School Literary Arts Awards Competition

The Alabama Writers’ Forum recognizes young writers, their teachers, and schools each year for their work in creative writing at the High School Literary Arts Awards (HSLAA). The year-long program focuses on nurturing talent in high schools across Alabama. Competition categories are: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Senior Portfolio and Literary Magazine. The judging panel is comprised of writing experts.

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ASFA awards

Sen. Rodger Smitherman (D, District 16) with Alabama School of Fine Arts winners at the High School Literary Arts Awards

Winning entries are celebrated and recognized at the HSLAA Ceremony at the historic Alabama State Capitol where students are presented scholarships (for high school seniors) and other prizes. In addition, the gathering provides a special opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to spend time with patrons of the arts and elected officials. The competition is funded in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Individual donors provide $500 each for the senior portfolio scholarships.

Important Dates

Submission Period: December 1, 2023 – February 16, 2024

Postmark Deadline for Literary Magazines: February 9, 2024

Winners’ List Posted/Winning Teachers Notified by E-mail: April 1, 2024

Past Winners