NEHS Writing Contest for 2021-2022

NEHS will continue to build on the success and popularity of the Writing Challenges we have promoted for the past two years. Next year, we will be returning to POETRY as the required genre for submissions.

All members of NEHS, students and Advisors, will be encouraged to submit carefully crafted poems during four application" windows," two during first semester and two second semester. Members of the NEHS Advisory Council and Central Office personnel will read and select the top entries; the best submissions will be published through our social media outlets and archived on the Society blog, NEHS Museletter. In May, the “winners” from each semester, both students and Advisors, will be re-revaluated and the best works of the year will be picked. Winning writers will be sent a gift e-card and will be re-published as the “best poets of the year.”

This award are competitive in nature; applications will be evaluated by members of the Advisory Council of NEHS.

Genre - Poetry

Poetry will be the genre for all submissions for the writing contest. Any member of NEHS, student or Advisor, may submit poetry in any form based on one of two themes (for the first four submission periods) or the “writers’ choice” invitation for the last submission cycle. No applicant may submit more than three poems during any one application window. Poetry will be submitted through the Award Spring system. Poems must fit the assigned themes for each application period.

NOTE: Any writing submitted that raises concerns about the safety and well-being of the writer will be immediately reported to the Chapter Advisor for further intervention. 

Themes and Application Dates

Application Period



Themes Accepted

1. Fall 2021 Sep 7, 2021 Oct 7, 2021 "Good vs. Evil" OR
"Connection and Separation"
2. Late Fall 2021 Nov 1, 2021 Nov 22, 2021 "Power and Corruption" OR
"Outside the Window"
3. Winter 2021-2022 Dec 6, 2021 Jan 10, 2022 "Individual vs. Society" OR "Prejudice"
4. Late Winter 2022 Jan 31, 2022 Feb 28, 2022 "Sacrifice" OR
"Never Again"
5. Spring 2022 Mar 14, 2022 Apr 11, 2022 Writers' Choice of Theme/Topic


  1. A student applicant must be an NEHS member in good standing of an active chapter.
  2. A Chapter Advisor must be from an active chapter.


To submit your work, please follow these directions for accessing the NEHS AwardSpring Application link.