ABOUT THE YOUNG GEORGIA AUTHORS WRITING COMPETITION
The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage
students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to
celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and
academics.

This prestigious competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two
decades and is open to any student currently |enrolled in Georgia public schools,
grades K -12. The competition is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of
Education (DOE) and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE).

WHAT TO WRITE

Unlike many writing competitions, the YGA does not provide a prompt to which students
must respond, or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity
beyond a 5 page maximum length limit (if typed, 12 point font, double-spaced). Entries
may include

Short Stories
Poetry
Essays/Literary Criticism/Analysis
Journalism
Academic/Research Reports
Personal Narratives
Any Other Original Student Writing

HOW TO ENTER

Writings can only be entered in to the state level competition by first winning a system
level competition. The DOE and the GCTE will only accept submissions sent by a
system level administrator. School systems may submit ONE winning entry per grade
level (K-12). Entries must be provided to us on flat, ordinary paper. No bound copies,
booklets, etc., will be judged. Please keep a copy of your submission for your
records, as the DOE and GCTE will not keep or return originals after the
competition. See the following pages for specific instructions. The competition will not
accept individual entries from students, parents, teachers, or other agencies. Good luck
and happy writing