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.
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.
Submission Period: December 1, 2022 – February 18, 2023. Submissions are now closed for the year.
Postmark Deadline for Literary Magazines: February 10, 2023. Submissions are now closed for the year.
Winners’ List Posted/Winning Teachers Notified by E-mail: March 31, 2023
HSLAA Awards Ceremony: April 2023
2023 HSLAA Guidelines & Forms