Inaugural Young Writers Contest open to any Arkansas student grades 10-12

We are all part of the great story that is unfolding in Arkansas— a story of hope, unity, and strength. Join our Arkansas Voices Young Writers contest and add your voice to the story of Arkansas. What do you think makes Arkansas Strong? We want to hear your story!

contest prize details

Who: Any Arkansas student in grades 10-12 this current school year, 2021-2022, may participate in the contest

What: Write an approximately 500-word essay that answers the question “What Makes Arkansas Strong?”

When: Deadline is June 1, 2022

Where: Send as a Word document via email to

Why: We want to hear what you consider strengths of our state, so we can celebrate those things and promote your unique voice

How: By publishing your essay on our website,, as well as honoring the state’s finest student writing with cash awards:


Grand Prize: $1000

Second Place: $500

Third Place: $250

Arkansas Strong advances a more responsible and resilient Arkansas by informing the public about issues facing our people, lifting up the stories of everyday Arkansas heroes, and promoting the values that make our state special.