Student Challenges - An Overview
Margaret Atwood wrote “A word after a word after a word is power.”
NEHS recognizes the power of good writing and encourages its student members to participate in its constantly evolving creative and critical writing opportunities.
Our new fall, winter, and spring Creative Challenges allow students not only to focus on different types of creative writing, but also consider the importance of storytelling in other mediums. While the Writing Challenges are competitive, we do encourage all student members to experiment with their creative skills and, through these opportunities, perhaps find a new interest or hobby.
The long-standing Intellectual Freedom Challenge asks sophomores and juniors to advocate for the inclusion or exclusion of challenged texts from the canon. This Challenge asks students to read beyond their school’s reading list and consider texts that may be seen as problematic for many reasons.
|Description||Eligible||Applications Open||Applications Due||Award Date|
|Intellectual Freedom Challenge (IFC)||Sophomores and
|Sep 11, 2023||Oct 10, 2023||Nov 9, 2023|
|Creative Challenge - Fall
Poetry and Performance
|Student Members||Sep 11, 2023||Oct 10, 2023||Nov 16, 2023|
|Creative Challenge - Winter
|Student Members||Dec 11, 2023||Jan 8, 2024||Feb 29, 2024|
|Creative Challenge - Spring
|Student Members||Apr 15, 2024||Apr 29, 2024||May 23, 2024|
Other Award Opportunities for Students
The NEHS Scholarships competition asks seniors to writing profound critical and analytical essays about the Common Reader, a text (usually a novel or biography) chosen annually by student members and Chapter Advisors from around the world.
We have also sought to incorporate student journalism into our writing opportunities. To that end, we encourage the promising journalists among our student members to submit their work to our Journalism Awards for Publications and Articles, which is run as a collaborative effort between NEHS and The Harvard Crimson.