Western Michigan University’s Best Midwestern High School Writing Competition invites high school students to submit manuscripts which they feel are worthy of recognition. A teacher recommendation is required for each piece. A total of 18 prizes are available to the top three finishers in each of three categories and two age groups.


  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Journalism

Age groups

  • High school freshmen and sophomores
  • High school juniors and seniors

As an added incentive to encourage the teaching of strong writing skills and to recognize instructors who foster talent, teachers recommending the piece from the first-prize-winning students will receive a stipend to use for classroom resources. Winners will be announced and awards given in March 2015.


Writing well is a valuable artistic and communication skill often overlooked in an increasingly technology-focused world and a skill worthy of development and recognition. The Best Midwestern High School Writing: A Celebration and Recognition of Outstanding Prose is a writing competition sponsored by the Lee Honors College and the Department of English at Western Michigan University and supported by the Third Coast Writing Project. This competition presents a unique opportunity for young writers to receive public recognition and personal satisfaction for the quality of their work and their ability to express themselves through the written word.