The 2014 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is underway!

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12. Participants should have a significant and current relationship with a Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian community.

Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Announces Seventh Annual Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Washington, D.C. – February 27, 2012 – The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its seventh annual Young Native Writers Essay Contest. The national writing contest focuses on the richness of Native American life and history, and challenges Native American youth to speak out on issues important to their tribal communities.

The 2015 Young Native Writers Essay Contest Deadline has passed.

WASHINGTON – The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its eighth annual Young Native Writers Essay Contest. The Foundation partners with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian to sponsor the national writing contest which focuses on signs of hope in Native American communities, and challenges Native American youth to think about ways to foster continued progress.

Entries for the 2015 Young Native Writers Essay Contest are due by April 15, 2015.
The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing competition for Native American high school students designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about their experiences as a member of a Native American community and share what inspires them.The 2008 winners of the Young Native American Writers Essay Contest with NMAI Director Kevin Gover: Simone Greenleaf (Minnesota Chippewa), Alyssa London (Tlingit), Stormy Sagmoen (Dena'ina Athabascan), Christina Tsosie (Navajo), Jalea Walker (Yurok, Smith River Tolowa, Hupa, Tutuni).Eligibility:
The 2016 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 only. All students participating in Young Native Writers Essay Contest should have a significant and current relationship with a Native American tribal community.The 2009 winners of the Young Native American Writers Essay Contest: Rob Boling (Comanche), Helena Cross (Mandan Hidatsa), Craig Merrick (Northern Cheyenne/Sioux), Kelsey Proctor (Muscogee Creek) and Mariah Oney (Navajo/Yup'ik).The 2008 winners of the Young Native American Writers Essay Contest with NMAI Director Kevin Gover: Simone Greenleaf (Minnesota Chippewa), Alyssa London (Tlingit), Stormy Sagmoen (Dena'ina Athabascan), Christina Tsosie (Navajo), Jalea Walker (Yurok, Smith River Tolowa, Hupa, Tutuni).
Deadline is in late April
The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American high school students with a relationship with a Native American tribal community.
Entries for the 2015 Young Native Writers Essay Contest are due by April 15, 2015.

Young Native Writers Essay Contest 2013

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students designed to encourage them to write about their experiences as a member of their respective communities and the culture that inspires them. The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s goal of promoting education and creating new opportunities for youth is the inspiration behind the essay contest.

Trevin Cole was one of eight Young Native Writer Essay Contest winners.

The 2014 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is underway

The 2009 winners of the Young Native American Writers Essay Contest: Rob Boling (Comanche), Helena Cross (Mandan Hidatsa), Craig Merrick (Northern Cheyenne/Sioux), Kelsey Proctor (Muscogee Creek) and Mariah Oney (Navajo/Yup'ik).

Entries for the 2015 Young Native Writers Essay Contest are due by April 15, 2015.

Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest website,

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about their experiences as a member of a Native American community and the culture that inspires them.