Writing Contests for Alaska Young Writers

That’s WYAK, our integrated outreach effort to young writers across Alaska. Thanks to a Cultural Collaborations grant administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and funded by the Rasmuson Foundation through the Arts in Education Fund, since January 2012 we have run six writing contests and published an anthology, and also delivered writing workshops to young writers at Teen Underground (Loussac Library), Mountain View Community Library, McLaughlin Youth Center, and (via Alaska OWL) the Bethel chapter of WYAK.

Visit the new Write Young Alaska or WYAK website. Here you’ll find news of writing contests, opportunities to submit your work, writing groups, and any upcoming writing workshops. Congratulations to the two winners of our recent poetry contest! Alex Campbell won for “Aiti” and Tiana Beaman took second place for “Hula Girl.” Both received a written critique from our contest judge, Erin Coughlin Hollowell of Homer (Pause, Traveler).
Check out our online zine Alaska Out Loud.We take submissions year round and welcome your work, whether you write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.
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Bethel WYAK workshop

Left: Students in the Bethel WYAK chapter participate in a Revision workshop taught by Amy O’Neill Houck in Juneau via Alaska OWL.

Bethel students also enjoyed a Journaling workshop taught by Cheryl Lovegreen in Anchorage – the debut of the OWL equipment at both the Loussac Library and the Bethel Consortium Library. Many thanks to LKSD English teacher Kyle Marvin, who started and leads the Bethel group, for his support and enthusiasm.

Recent projects also include mini-mags created by young writers at McLaughin Youth Center and Teen Underground under the leadership of WYAK coordinator Stefanie Tatalias.


We’re seeking donors and partners to help put on writing workshops, contests, and events for young writers across the state. Help us to continue offering our programs for young writers and online publication opportunities at Alaska Out Loud. Your contribution to the WYAK young writers fund can make all the difference. To donate, click the “Donate” button below. If your organization or business would like to support our efforts, feel free to contact us.