Western Michigan University’s Best Midwestern High School Writing Competition invites high school students to submit manuscripts which they feel are worthy of recognition. Submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a nominating teacher. 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, nominating teachers of prize-winning students will receive a stipend to use for classroom resources. Winners will be announced and awards given in March 2014.


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.